Bryant leads shorthanded Lakers past Nets

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Updated: February 5, 2013

Kobe Bryant had 21 points, eight rebounds,
four assists and four steals, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 92-83 win
over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

Despite not having Dwight Howard, who was out with a shoulder injury, nor
Metta World Peace due to a suspension, the Lakers were able to pull off the
win, their sixth in the past seven games. Steve Nash added 17 points and eight
assists, while Earl Clark registered 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Brook Lopez scored 30 points for the Nets, who came into the game off a win
against Chicago on Friday. Deron Williams had 15 points, six assists and five
rebounds.

Bryant scored four unanswered points in the opening minute of the third
to give the Lakers a 53-40 advantage, but the Nets responded with a 20-6 run
to take the lead. Gerald Wallace’s putback with 3:53 remaining gave Brooklyn a
60-59 edge.

Nash’s free throw and Bryant’s jumper put the Lakers back in front. They took
a 67-64 margin into the fourth.

Lopez tried to take advantage of the Lakers lacking a true center in the
lane, scoring the final six points for Brooklyn and giving his team an 83-82
lead with 2:32 left to play.

However, a driving layup by Antawn Jamison sparked a 10-0 run for Los Angeles
to give them the win. Bryant added a layup of his own to make it 86-83, and
Lopez missed a jumper on the Nets’ ensuing possession. Clark’s jumper and four
Nash free throws capped the surge.

Brooklyn led after the first quarter, 24-18. Williams scored 11 points during
the frame alone.

However, the Lakers locked down defensively in the second, limiting the Nets
to 16 points on 6-of-23 shooting. Clark’s tip-in with 6 1/2 minutes
left tied the game at 32 and Gasol’s hook shot thirty seconds later gave
Los Angeles the lead.

By halftime, the Lakers held a 49-40 advantage.

Game Notes

Lopez scored 18 points in the second half … The Nets haven’t beaten
the Lakers since Nov. 25, 2007 and haven’t beaten them at home since Mar. 17,
2006, when the team still played in East Rutherford.