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Joe Harris pours in 25 for Nets in win over Clippers

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Joe Harris scored 16 of his 25 points to key a 45-point Brooklyn outburst in the first quarter, and the Nets rode a big early lead to a 129-120 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

The Nets shot a blistering 18-of-21 from the floor in the first quarter, with Harris, a 2014 UVA alum, connecting on all six of his shot attempts.

Harris had 23 by the half, but was limited by foul trouble late, and he fouled out with 1:54 to go.

Harris finished 10-of-16 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range on the night.

Since the NBA’s return on July 31, Harris is averaging 20.2 points per game, shooting 61.5 percent from the floor and 57.6 percent from three.

Harris is one of two former ‘Hoos averaging 20+ points per game in the NBA restart. Malcolm Brogdon, a 2016 UVA alum now playing for the Indiana Pacers, is averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game since the NBA’s return, shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.

Story by Chris Graham