Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
It was your classic see-saw battle, but in the end, Mike D'Antoni walked away a winner in his Los Angeles Lakers debut.
Follow our post-game coverage below.
LAKERS 95, NETS 90 -FINAL
Up next for each team:
Brooklyn (6-3): at Golden State, Wednesday 10:30pm
Los Angeles (6-5): at Sacramento, Wednesday 10:00pm
Although they played a great game, the Nets squandered a great opportunity tonight:
Their winning streak ends at five games.
How did LA win? Here are some keys to the game.
-The combo of Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard trumped the combo of Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, as the Lakers duo got to the free-throw line more. LA's duo shot 29 free-throws, while Brooklyn's pair attempted 11.
-Deron Williams owned the worst plus/minus in the game, with a -18.
-Brooklyn stayed in the game due to Lopez's shooting and scoring prowess, fast break points (beat LA 26-7 in that category), and a superior bench.
-Pau Gasol paced the Lakers with seven assists. His 17 points and seven assists were a great start to the Mike D'Antoni era.
-Howard's 15 boards helped keep Los Angeles in the ballgame in the second half, giving Kobe a chance to out-shoot the Nets down the stretch.
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A desperation three-ball doesn't fall for Deron Williams, and the Lakers will escape with a win. Kobe hits a pair of free-throws with 0.2 seconds to put the icing on the cake.
Mike D'Antoni is victorious in his debut.
LAKERS 95, NETS 90 - FINAL
In a crazy series of events, the Nets fail to foul Los Angeles until 4 seconds were left on the clock.
Kobe drills a pair of free throws to make life tough for Brooklyn.
Lakers 93, Nets 90, 4.8 remaining in game.
D-Will is decisive.
The decisiveness pays off as he drives and draws a foul with 13.5 left.
Lakers 91, Nets 90, 13.5 seconds remaining in 4th quarter
Joe Johnson plays solid defense on Kobe, then brings the Nets within one on a running lay-up.
Kobe does his best to respond, and he's once again at the line.
Lakers 91, Nets 88, 0:17 remaining in 4th quarter
The Black Mamba makes his presence known. Tough runner goes as the Lakers take the lead and momentum.
Lakers 89, Nets 86, 1:32 remaining in 4th quarter
Which group of stars will step up in the clutch?
So far, each team is trading punches.
A sloppy sequence ends with a foul on Brook Lopez.
Nets 86, Lakers 86, 2:37 remaining in 4th quarter
LA's fifth option, aka Metta World Peace, hit a huge shot.
Maybe that will get the Staples crowd into this game as we're approaching crunch time.
Nets 84, Lakers 83, 4:07 remaining in 4th quarter
Dwight picks up his fifth as he got too physical with Kris Humphries.
Hack-a-howard will ensue until D'Antoni takes him out.
Nets 84, Lakers 79, 5:18 remaining in 4th quarter
Bryant finally asserting himself here in the fourth quarter.
If that comes as a surprise to you, you must have missed the last 10 years of Lakers basketball.
Nets 81, Lakers 77, 5:37 remaining in 4th quarter
Brooklyn makes a concerted effort to slow things down and set up a well-spaced sequence.
But Joe Johnson proceeds to put up a low-percentage outside shot off a couple dribbles.
Not a quality possession.
Nets 81, Lakers 77, 6:06 remaining in 4th quarter
A couple of heads-up plays by Lopez and Wallace, and suddenly Brooklyn is back in the lead.
The Lakers crowd is relatively quiet. Not good for D'Antoni's bunch.
Nets 79, Lakers 77, 7:15 remaining in 4th quarter
Speaking of foul trouble, Dwight picks up his fourth by being a little too grabby with Brook Lopez.
Lakers 77, Nets 75, 9:05 remaining in 4th quarter
LA finally gets out and runs, and Dwight Howard is rewarded by drawing a foul on a dunk attempt.
Brooklyn has to be careful to not get knee-deep in foul trouble.
Lakers 77, Nets 73, 10:25 remaining in 4th quarter
After three, Howard (18 pts) and Gasol (16 pts) lead the Lakers.
Meanwhile Brook Lopez (19 pts) and Deron Williams (18 pts) lead the Nets
Lakers 76, Nets 73, beginning of 4th quarter
End of 3rd: Lakers 76, Nets 73
Who said the Lakers' bench is inept? Chris Duhon with a nice drive and deal to Antawn Jamison.
On another note, Reggie Evans is up to his usual physicality and antics in this 3rd quarter.
Nets 73, Lakers 72, 1:05 remaining in 3rd quarter
Something feels wrong about this game.
No FT's yet for Kobe. Has relied on his jumper much more tonight than he has for most of this season.— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) November 21, 2012
I guarantee he gets to the line in the 4th quarter.
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