NEW YORK, NEW YORK – 23 JANUARY: Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash leads his team in the first half against the Miami Heat at the Barclays Center on Jan. January 2021 in New York City NOTE TO USER: The user expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photo, the user is agreeing to the terms of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Elsa / Getty Images)

Brooklyn threatened to take a 10-point lead on Tuesday night late in the fourth quarter, but Nash’s brilliance helped his team score a 124-120 win over a formidable opponent at the Los Angeles Clippers

With 7 seconds to go, Kawhi Leonard on the free-throw line and the nets 120-118 in the lead, Nash was seen verbally portraying the team’s subsequent in-bounds game (he directed Jeff Green, according to Leonard’s second attempt to lead the court)

After Leonard put LA in first place with a 2v2 win, Joe Harris first left to take the ball out. All Nets fans remember how the last time went – the DC debacle two days earlier, with Harris’ faulty pass to Kevin Durant causing the Washington Wizards to score six out of three to steal 8 seconds and Brooklyn’s victory

Instead, James Harden stepped in and took control of the in-bounds pass while the LA defense focused on Harris clipping a screen and possibly setting a screen to reveal Durant, Harden ran the baseline and fired one Left-handed touchdown pass to a wide-open green that hit the layup but failed to finish the three-point game (it was probably more Odell Beckham than Deshaun Watson, but either way it was impressive)

Here’s a breakdown from former Nets co-trainer / video coordinator Steve Jones, who does a great job breaking down X and O on Twitter:

Nash’s inexperience has come back to bite his team at times, but he deserves credit for how he handled the end of that team on two occasions, the nets fouled three – a clever adaptation after Collin Sexton’s treble game in Cleveland Harden has the second of these fouls with 3 committed 1 second so that Paul George no longer has the opportunity to knot the score

Nash also called for time out to advance the ball before Irving’s free throws – something he failed against the wizards

Irving led Brooklyn with 39 points, hitting multiple acrobatic layups Durant added 28 points and nine rebounds, while Harden scored another triple-double (23 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds) The trio scored 29 points in the fourth game

After allowing an unacceptable 48 points in the closing stages on Sunday, the Nets dropped a more reasonable 30 points in the fourth period on Tuesday. Basically, they did just enough defensively to get through

Brooklyn (14-9) has now defeated Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Clippers. The Nets just have to stop playing against smaller opponents

I’ve been reporting on New York sports since 2010 as a Beat reporter and columnist for various outlets such as ESPN, Yahoo Sports, and the New York Daily News

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