Anthony Morrow lined up from 20 feet, fired and — being a Net — missed. The ball bounded to the right side, toward the single row of expensive seats. The Clippers dynamic power forward, Blake Griffin, dove headlong over a couple of fans, saved the rebound, jumped back over the fans, raced downcourt and scored. It was all part of what has been one of the most damaging aspects to the Nets' slow start to the season: namely, slow starts to games.

There was athleticism, power, will in the first-quarter move. But Griffin did more, not the least of which was displacing Nets from where they were planted or stood, legally or illegally. And it looked like the Clippers would make mush of the Nets.