Kobe Bryant head into the half with nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Defensively, the Lakers had a hard time against Deron Williams, who scored 11 points in 12 minutes. The Nets shot just 40.9% from the field.
The Lakers shot 38.1%, letting the Nets go on a 7-0 run after an even start.
They’ll need to get it done without Dwight Howard (shoulder) and Metta World Peace (suspension) against a Nets team that is playing well for Coach P.J. Carlesimo after a mediocre start. Currently Brooklyn is fifth in the Eastern Conference but just a hair behind the third place Indiana Pacers.
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