EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The crowd was on its feet and clapping. The players were standing near midcourt, happily waiting for the final buzzer to sound.
It was like so many other Nets games this season, except it was the New Jersey fans cheering, the home team running out the clock and the Los Angeles Clippers walking off the court as losers.
Yes, the Nets won for only the fourth time in 44 games this season and ended a 29-game losing streak against Western Conference opponents.
Kris Humphries scored a career-high 25 points and the Nets avoided the worst 44-game start in NBA history with a 103-87 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday night, snapping an 11-game losing streak.
“Man getting a win feels great, especially against a team we just lost to last week “ Humphries said after the Nets won for the first time in 2010.
“Did we need this?” center Brook Lopez said after chipping in 19 points and nine rebounds. “Are you kidding me? I mean, we were 3-40. That’s not a tough question to answer.”
The Nets were tied with the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks for the NBA’s worst record after 43 games and all they had to do was lose another to secure another mark in this miserable season that opened with a league-record 18 consecutive losses.
Chris Kaman had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers (20-25).
“Words can’t even describe this,” Clippers guard Baron Davis said.
“We’re fighting for a playoff spot and we lost to a team that’s not even close to making the playoff. It’s tough man.”