By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans,com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19
The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 in a disjointed game, which has become the Nets’ forte. Any hope that there would be follow-through from the win in Toronto is gone, as they fall to 4-11 and face two tough road games in Houston and Memphis.
The Lakers jumped out to a 27-point lead, 48-21, in the second quarter, powered by four Jordan Farmar three-pointers. The Lakers, who shot 65 percent in the first quarter, went ice cold, and did not score a point in the next five minutes, a span that saw the Nets go on a 15-0 run and get back into it.
The Lakers took a 54-40 lead into halftime and the Nets chipped into that in the third quarter, with Paul Pierce scoring 10. The Nets pulled to seven on Andray Blatche free throws with 2:23 left and were down nine, at 77-68, entering the fourth.
The fourth quarter belonged to Mirza Teletovic. He had14 points, and was on fire behind the arc with three 3-pointers that really helped the Nets get into it.
Teletovic hit one of those threes with 4:25 left to make it 92-91 L.A., and on the next possession was fouled to send him to the line. He hit a free throw to tie it, the first tie of the game since 0-0, but failed to hit the second one to give the Nets the lead.
The game remained tied at 92 from the 3:57 mark to 1:33, when a Paul Pierce turnover on a sloppy pass allowed Wesley Johnson to get a breakaway layup to make it 94-92 Lakers.
The Nets misfired down the stretch, as Pierce missed a jumper, Alan Anderson missed a long-range jumper, Joe Johnson missed a driving layup, and Kevin Garnett missed a jumper from inside the arc that Pau Gasol backed off of defending and dared Garnett to make.
The Nets were down three,at 95-92, with 17.2 seconds left, when Alan Anderson started a drive from the side against Steve Blake, The Lakers played this smartly as they let Anderson take the layup uncontested, not wanting to risk letting it turn into a three-point play that could have tied the game.
Jodie Meeks hit two free throws, which were separated by the floor in front of the Nets bench having to be wiped down because Tyshawn Taylor spilled a cup of water after bumping into Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd.
Pierce got an open look on a three from behind the key, but it rimmed out, as too many have all year. This capped a dismal 4-for-17 shooting night for Pierce, who had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Garnett said of Pierce missing the last shot, “I’ve seen The Truth hit some unbelievable shots in our little run together. Some of them have gone in, and those are the unbelievable moments, and I’ve seen him miss some, and that’s part of it also, but in that situation I thought that was down. When he gets that clean of a look, with his feet set, maybe he needs a hand. I’ve seen him hit some difficult shots in some crucial times, but a defensive man hanging on him and he’s hit them, but I thought that shot was going in. It looked good. Pretty sure he’d tell you it felt good and I’d live with that shot.”