Recap: Nets vs Clippers



LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cuttino Mobley made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds second left, lifting the Los Angeles Clippers to a 102-101 victory over New Jersey on Thursday night and sending the hard-luck Nets to their third straight one-point loss.Elton Brand and reserve forward Corey Maggette each scored 18 points, helping Los Angeles (21-21) climb back to the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 11. Sam Cassell added 15 points and 10 assists.Vince Carter scored 33 points for the Nets, who had won nine of 11 prior to this three-game skid. They were beaten Monday at Sacramento on a jumper by Mike Bibby with 10.3 seconds remaining, then were nipped at the buzzer on a 17-footer by Golden State's Monta Ellis on Wednesday.This time it was Mobley, after Kidd missed everything on a 3-point shot and the Nets turned the ball over on a shot-clock violation. The Clippers called a timeout and the ball went to Cassell, who drove halfway down the lane before kicking it out to his backcourt mate for a wide-open 3 as Carter scrambled back to contest the shot.New Jersey inbounded, looking for a miracle, but Carter missed tipping in Kidd's high-arching pass toward the hoop.The Nets, already missing Richard Jefferson following surgery on his right ankle, got a scare in the final minute of the third quarter when Carter went down grabbing his left ankle after making a 3-point shot and landing on Maggette's foot. Carter limped back onto the court after a timeout, finishing the quarter with 15 points and scored nine more in the fourth.

3 straight heartbreakers.....