Kristian Winfield: With victory over Clippers, Nets prove they are who we thought they were: championship contenders

NEW YORK — James Harden’s post defense on Kawhi Leonard. Kevin Durant’s close-out on open shooters. Kyrie Irving’s chase-down block on Paul George. For a Nets team that has been putrid defensively in recent weeks, Brooklyn’s Big 3 of offensive superstars committed to defense and set the tone on the other side of the floor. The Brooklyn Nets are who we thought they were: championship contenders, solidifying their status among the NBA’s elite with a 124-120 win over a Los Angeles Clippers team that had won 10 of its previous 11 games. The Nets will retain that status so long as they continue to …

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