In a back-and-forth battle on Tuesday night at Barclays Center, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to hold on for a 92-83 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets got off to a 24-18 lead after one quarter, but the Lakers stormed back to take a 49-40 lead at the half. Then it was the Nets' turn, as they outscored Los Angeles in the third quarter, 24-16, to draw within three points.
But the Lakers ultimately held on in a riveting game despite Kobe Bryant scoring only four points in the final quarter.
Los Angeles shot 45 percent from the floor, while Brooklyn shot 35 percent. It helped the Lakers overcome a 52-40 deficit on the boards.
The Lakers also scored 20 points on 16 Nets turnovers.
Player of the Game: Steve Nash, PG, Los Angeles Lakers
There were a few players who could have earned the game ball for the Lakers on Tuesday night, but Steve Nash's 17 points and eight assists did it for me (Bryant scored a team-high 21 points, but he also shot 9-of-24 from the field).
More importantly, opposing point guard Deron Williams went 5-of-13 from the floor and committed five turnovers. Given the Lakers have had troubles stopping opposing point guards this season, that was certainly significant.
Up Next for Lakers
Los Angeles visits the Boston Celtics on Thursday. The Celtics are 24-23 this season, but star point guard Rajon Rondo is out for the rest of the campaign due to injury.
Up Next for Nets
Brooklyn visits the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. The Pistons are 18-31 this season. They rank in the top 15 in rebounds per game and points allowed per game, but they rank 22nd in points per game.