Lakers 99, Nets 94
NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Lakers squandered a 27-point lead but emerged with a 99-94 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night at Barclays Center.
Forward Mirza Teletovic sparked the Nets after halftime with a career-high 17 points, pulling Brooklyn to within one with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4:24 left in the fourth quarter. The Bosnian then tied the score at 92 from the free-throw line with 3:57 remaining in regulation.
The Nets came up empty on four consecutive possessions with the game tied, the final one resulting in a turnover that forward Wesley Johnson converted into a dunk on the other end to give the Lakers a 94-92 lead with 1:33 remaining.
Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson and forward Kevin Garnett missed opportunities to tie the score in the final 50 seconds.
Los Angeles guard Steve Blake went 1-for-2 from the foul line with 17.2 seconds left to give the Lakers a 95-92 lead.
Swingman Alan Anderson drove the baseline for a dunk with 9.8 seconds left to pull the Nets within 95-94. Lakers guard Jodie Meeks knocked down two free throws with 8.3 seconds left, and Brooklyn guard Paul Pierce missed a 3-point attempt with 2.2 seconds left to seal the Lakers' 11th consecutive win over the Nets.
Swingman Nick Young, who scored a game-high 26 points, was huge off the bench for the Lakers, who never trailed en route to their fourth win in the past five games.
Joe Johnson scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the first half to lead the Nets, who suffered their sixth loss in the past seven games.
After being held scoreless in the first half, Pierce scored 10 points in the third quarter to ignite Brooklyn. The Nets (4-11) cut their deficit to 65-58 on an dunk by center Andray Blatche with 5:07 remaining in the third.
Lakers guard Jordan Farmar (15 points) again heated up from long distance. He sank a desperation heave from 25 feet as the shot clock expired with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter, and the Lakers went into the fourth with a 77-68 lead.
Once again, Los Angeles (8-8) received huge contributions from its bench. Young scored nine straight points to end the first quarter, and Farmar drained three consecutive 3-pointers to start the second quarter as the Lakers opened up a 43-18 lead just 1:09 into the second quarter.
The lead ballooned to 27 on a 25-footer by Farmer with 8:30 remaining in the first half.
Lakers center Pau Gasol finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
NOTES: With 10 first-quarter points, Lakers C Pau Gasol passed Detlef Schrempf to become the second-highest-scoring European player in NBA history behind Dallas Mavericks F Dirk Nowitzki. ... Out for the Nets were F Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms), C Brook Lopez (sprained left ankle), G Jason Terry (bruised left knee) and G Deron Williams (sprained left ankle). "They're day-to-day," Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd said. ... The Nets completed their third of 20 back-to-back games this year. Last season, Brooklyn led the NBA with 23 sets of back-to-back games. ... G Kobe Bryant (Achilles surgery) and G Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) did not play for the Lakers. ... The Nets head to the road to take on the Houston Rockets (Friday) and the Memphis Grizzlies (Saturday) in back-to-back games. ... The Lakers play the Pistons in Detroit on Friday.