Howard made 9 of 13 shots from the field and went 4 for 9 from the free-throw line. He added five blocks, one steal and one assist in 39 minutes of playing time.
Howard did not play in any of the four regular season contests between the teams due to his knee issues, and so his return for the playoffs will create a set of matchup problems for the Clippers.
"Obviously, with the Clippers, they have two guys who can catch all the lobs at the rim," Howard said. "It's very important not only that I play great defense but that we have great help defense against this team."
Gasol finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. He was 11-of-12 from the charity stripe, the only Grizzlies player to shoot more than four free throws.
"I don't see us coming back as the same team," Johnson told the New York Daily News. "This is my third year here. I could see if we were getting better each year, but it's been kind of the opposite. So to not even be a .500 ball club in the East, it's disheartening and I don't know. I think everyone in the locker room is unsure of the future here."
The Nets have no cap space and pick 29th in the draft. Lopez and Thaddeus Young appear destined for free agency. Johnson could be traded. So could Williams, whom coach Lionel Hollins recently claimed is not worthy of a max contract.
Hollins was still complaining Saturday.
"I thought we had a higher basketball IQ as a group than we did," he said. "That was a big thing. I thought we had more toughness and all of that. But as a coach, looking from the outside, that's what I always say until you come in and coach a team you don't know for sure. I thought the skill level was better ... but we worked around it and that's part of coaching."
Williams declined to to speak to the media as he and his teammates gathered their bags and took off.
Noah played just over 33 minutes per game in the first round against Milwaukee. He averaged 6.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.
Lopez and Young will most likely opt out of their current contracts and get multi-year deals if they're to remain in Brooklyn.
Anderson will exercise his option to become a free agent, reports the New York Post
The Nets were a five seed in last season's Eastern Conference playoffs but fell to No. 8 this year, losing in the first round to the Hawks.