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Nets Slam Door on Clippers : Pro basketball: Armon Gilliam's dunk with 7.7 remaining gives New Jersey a 98-97 victory as Los Angeles remains winless.

November 21, 1994|From Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Armon Gilliam took a fast-break pass from Kenny Anderson and dunked over two defenders with 7.7 seconds to play Sunday night, giving the New Jersey Nets a 98-97 victory over the winless Clippers.

The Nets, who won their third in a row at home, rallied from a 15-point third-period deficit and handed the Clippers their ninth consecutive loss.

Derrick Coleman had 20 points and 14 rebounds, Anderson had 20 points and 10 assists, Chris Morris added 14 points and Gilliam 13.

Pooh Richardson led the Clippers with 19 points, while Tony Massenburg and Terry Dehere each had 16 while Elmore Spencer added 15.

New Jersey entered the fourth quarter trailing, 81-74, but reeled off the first eight points of the period to take their second lead of the game. The Nets didn't lead again until Gilliam's game-winning basket.

The Clippers broke a 91-91 tie with baskets by Massenburg and Spencer, but a free throw by Morris and a dunk by Coleman closed the gap to 95-94 with 1:33 to play.

A short jumper by Spencer gave the Clippers their final points 22 seconds later. With 33.3 remaining, Kevin Edwards pulled the Nets within a point with two free throws.

Richardson missed a three-point shot from the top of the key with 13 seconds to play, and Coleman rebounded. He passed to Anderson, who pushed it upcourt and fed Gilliam coming down the left side.

Gilliam powered his way between Richardson and Dehere to score the game-winner. Richardson's desperation driving shot just before the buzzer was swatted away by P.J. Brown.

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