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Sunday, November 27th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Nets (5-7) at Los Angeles Lakers (5-6), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets play the fourth contest of a five-game road trip tonight, as they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Nets are scheduled to host the Lakers on March 17, 2006 at Continental Airlines Arena.

New Jersey is 0-3 on the current road trip. On Friday, reigning MVP Steve Nash poured in 27 points and the Phoenix Suns continued their home dominance of the Nets with a 92-81 victory at America West Arena. The Nets lost their 12th in a row at Phoenix, where they haven't won since March 13, 1993.

Vince Carter returned to action for the Nets on Friday after missing Sunday's loss at Sacramento due to a strained back. He finished with 23 points, but none of them came in the fourth quarter. Jason Kidd topped New Jersey with 25 points and 13 rebounds against the Suns, while Richard Jefferson compiled 16 points and 12 boards in defeat.

The Nets are 1-5 on the road this season. They are scheduled to closeout the road trip on Monday against the Denver Nuggets on Monday at the Pepsi Center.

The Lakers wrap up a five-game homestand. They are 2-2 on the current stand.

Kobe Bryant scored 29 of his 34 points in the second half as the Lakers defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 108-96, on Thursday at the Staples Center. Bryant scored 14 in the third and 15 in the fourth for the Lakers, who ended a two-game losing streak.

Lamar Odom finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the win over the Sonics for Los Angeles, which had all five starters score in double figures.

The Lakers, who also defeated the New York Knicks during their homestand, are 3-3 as the host this season.

LA will embark on a brief two-game road trip after tonight's game. It will visit San Antonio and Utah on the swing.

The Lakers have won three of the last four meetings in this series. New Jersey has won two of its last three at the Lakers.

11/27 10:13:15 ET


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