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                  === Lakers down Nets in D'Antoni's debut ===
 Los  Angeles, CA  (Sports Network) - Prior  to the game, with a slight limp in
 his  step, Mike  D'Antoni walked slowly and gingerly out of the Lakers' locker
 room and toward their bench.
 D'Antoni  finally  made his  debut on  the sideline  as  the Lakers head coach
 Tuesday and  Kobe Bryant  netted 25 points  in Los Angeles' 95-90 victory over
 the Brooklyn Nets.
 Dwight Howard tallied 23 points and 15 rebounds, but was just 7-of-19 from the
 foul  line for the  Lakers, who have won five of their last six games and went
 4-1 under interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff.
 "With  this team, there's  no reason not to win every game," D'Antoni said. "I
 feel  like  we're the best team  in the league.  We've got the most talent, so
 they can do what they want. We've just got to keep perfecting things."
 Los Angeles began the year 1-4, resulting in the departure of Mike Brown.  The
 Lakers then  passed on the opportunity to bring back 11-time NBA champion Phil
 Jackson and hired D'Antoni last Monday.
 D'Antoni was set to debut Sunday night, but decided hours before the game that
 he  was  not  quite ready  to return.  He had been  on crutches  due  to  knee
 replacement surgery earlier this month.
 D'Antoni  ran Los Angeles' practice for the first time Thursday, but wasn't on
 the bench for the Lakers' 114-102 triumph against the Suns on Friday.
 Deron Williams registered 22 points and 10 assists for Brooklyn, which had its
 five-game winning streak snapped.
 "We  wish we  could have had a few  more shots fall in the fourth quarter, but
 our team laid it all out on the floor," Nets head coach Avery Johnson said.
 Williams'  jumper and a  Kris Humphries free throw -- Howard was called for an
 off-the-ball  foul  as William's shot went  in -- on the same Nets' possession
 game them an 84-78 lead midway through the fourth.
 Los Angeles, though, closed the game on a 17-6 surge.
 Howard,  who almost landed with the Nets in an offseason trade, finished off a
 lob  from Pau  Gasol with a dunk to  tie the score at 86-86 with three minutes
 Gasol split a pair from the charity stripe and Bryant's running hook along the
 right baseline put the hosts up by three.
 Joe Johnson's runner in transition cut the deficit to 89-88 with 36.5 ticks to
 play,  but Bryant  nailed all six of  his free throws down the stretch to seal
 the outcome.
 The  Lakers had  been just  13-of-31  (41.9 percent)  from the  line prior  to
 Bryant's six straight makes.
 Bryant recorded 11 points in the opening frame  as Los Angeles led 29-23 going
 into the second,  where Howard  poured in 13,  but the Nets took  a 57-56 edge
 into the break.
 Los Angeles held a 76-73 margin after three.
                                   Game Notes
 Bryant  finished 8-of-10  from the  foul line  ... Brooklyn  had 26  fastbreak
 points  compared  to Los Angeles' seven  ... The Lakers shot 47.9 percent (35-
 of-73) from the field.
 11/21 08:01:46 ET