NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at LA Lakers
(Friday, January 28th)
Final Score: New Jersey 109, LA Lakers 103
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Vince Carter had 30 points and nine assists as the New Jersey Nets handed the Los Angeles Lakers their season- worst third straight loss, 109-103, at the Staples Center.
Rodney Buford added 18 points for the Nets, winners of two straight and five of their last seven. The Nets ended a two-game skid against the Lakers.
"That was a really special win," said Nets' coach Lawrence Frank. "Buford and Jabari Smith came up huge. Vince had a phenomenal run. Our guys came through with a lot of grit tonight."
Caron Butler scored a season-high 31 points for the Lakers, who lost despite a 55-28 advantage in rebounds.
"Obviously a very disappointing loss," said Lakers' coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "Their guards won the matchup. We missed a lot of layups. We played hard, we didn't play smart."
Buford and the Lakers' Jumaine Jones traded three-pointers and the Nets held a 104-101 lead with two minutes remaining. But New Jersey scored the next five points, capped by a Carter hoop, to sew the game up in the waning seconds.
The Lakers led 19-17 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter before scoring the final six points of the frame to take an eight-point cushion into the second.
The Lakers led by nine points with 9 1/2 minutes left in the first half, as a Lamar Odom hoop gave Los Angeles a 32-23 lead. But a 21-12 run by the Nets knotted the game at 44 apiece with 1:12 left in the first half. The Nets would eventually take a 48-44 advantage into the intermission.
Both teams came out flying in the third quarter and before it was over the they evenly combined for 66 points in the frame. As a result, New Jersey took a 91-87 lead into the final 12 minutes.
The Nets shot a blistering 53 percent from the field, including 8-of-20 from three-point range.
Meanwhile, the Lakers sputtered to 42 percent shooting from the field.
The Lakers enjoyed a 23-4 edge on the offensive glass...The Lakers turned it over 18 times, leading to 30 Nets' points. New Jersey had just nine miscues in the contest...The Lakers held a 30-7 edge in second chance points.
01/29 01:18:41 ET