EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Feb. 9 (Ticker) --
This time, a rally by
the Los Angeles Lakers ended with a victory.
scored 16 points and grabbed 19 rebounds and Chucky Atkins
hit a pair of huge shots as the Lakers rallied late for a
104-103 overtime victory over the New Jersey Nets.
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The Lakers closed regulation with an 8-0 run, capped by a
3-pointer by Atkins that tied it, 92-92, with 12 seconds to
"We needed a three. Why go for anything other than a three?"
"Chucky Atkins - guts," Odom said.
The Nets still had a chance to win in regulation, but Ron Mercer
missed a jumper from the top of the key off a feed from a
driving Vince Carter
as New Jersey went to overtime in its
second straight game.
In their last two games, the Lakers rallied from double-digit
deficits to move into position to win, only to come up short.
In this one, the Lakers used an improbable shot by Atkins to end
a three-game slide.
After Caron Butler
's 3-pointer gave Los Angeles a 102-101 lead,
the Lakers were scrambling to shoot before the shot clock
expired. Atkins started to drive left and banked a running
17-footer to extend the lead with 36 seconds to go.
"In a situation like that, you just want to get an opportunity,"
Atkins said. "I'm one of the better guys on this team at
creating a shot like that."
Carter, who scored a season-high 43 points in Monday's overtime
win over Philadelphia, made two free throws to pull the Nets
within one and had a chance to win the game but missed a long
As the ball caromed toward the Nets bench, Atkins appeared to
knock down New Jersey's Jacque Vaughn
. No foul was called,
despite petitions to all three referees by Nets coach Lawrence
"The referees didn't see it (as a foul), so we'll go with their
decision," Frank said.
When asked if he and Vaughn were pushing and shoving, Atkins
explained, "It was a little bit of both, and a no-call."
The Lakers earned their first win in four games since coach
Frank Hamblen permanently took over for Rudy Tomjanovich.
"This is the third close game in a row we have played," Hamblen
said. "Our guys talked about it and said we have to D up to win
it. I sure would like to have a laugher this season."
Carter scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and
overtime but made just 9-of-23 shots. He played just four
minutes in the third quarter because of foul trouble.
"Shots weren't falling for us late," Carter said. "We gave up
27 points in the fourth quarter and they made their run. And we
couldn't hold them off."
Jones scored 20 points, Luke Walton
added 17 off the bench and
Atkins 14 for the Lakers, who improved to 28-0 since 1998 when
they have six or more players in double figures.
added his second consecutive triple-double, his
fourth of the season and 63rd of his career with a season-high
28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. It is the eighth time in
his career Kidd has posted triple-doubles in back-to-back
"The one thing we can learn from this game is, the game is never
over," Kidd said. "We have to finish them out."