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Clippers surge late, outlast Cam Thomas, Nets

By PAT PICKENS The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The Clippers used a strong finishing kick to wrap up a winning road trip.

Paul George scored 29 points, Kawhi Leonard added 24 points and six assists and the Clippers overcame a career-high 47 points from Cam Thomas in his first start to beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets, 124-116, on Monday night.

Ivica Zubac added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who won for the eighth time in 10 games and finished 4-2 on their six-game Eastern Conference trip.

Thomas, who scored 44 to rally the Nets past Washington on Saturday, was even better on the day when the Nets officially completed the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Dallas. But the Clippers outscored Brooklyn 25-9 over the final 6:20.

Nic Claxton had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Nets, while Edmund Sumner chipped in 23 points for Brooklyn. Before the game, the deal that sent Irving and forward Markieff Morris to Dallas for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and multiple draft picks was announced.

Neither Dinwiddie nor Finney-Smith were available, nor were stars Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons and guard Seth Curry due to injury. Nets coach Jacque Vaughn rotated 11 of his 12 dressed players, but the Clippers’ bench still outscored Brooklyn’s 38-10.

But Thomas almost single-handedly kept Brooklyn within striking distance. Thomas had 22 in the first half, then electrified the crowd with a combination of 3-pointers and mid-range jumpers, helping Brooklyn open a 107-99 lead midway through the fourth.

The Clippers rallied with a 9-0 run and outscored Brooklyn 33-28 in the fourth, keyed by Leonard’s nine points in the frame.

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