Lakers Gameday

19 - 37
Brooklyn Nets

26 - 28

Tip-Off: 6:00PM PST

Sunday, February 23, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOT
BKN 33 30 23 22 108
LAL 21 26 27 28 102
Brooklyn Nets

26 - 28

Collins Back in NBA, Nets Beat Lakers 108-102

By Joe Resnick Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jason Collins played his first game with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night, becoming the first openly gay active player in the four major U.S. professional sports leagues, and Deron Williams had a season-high 30 points along with seven assists in a 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Collins was signed to a 10-day contract Sunday, nearly 10 months after his announcement on April 29 in Sports Illustrated. He played 10 scoreless minutes with two rebounds and five fouls.

The 12-year veteran spent his first six-plus NBA seasons with the Nets and helped them get to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. This was the 35-year-old center's first NBA game since April 17, 2013, with the Washington Wizards.
Paul Pierce had 25 points and seven rebounds, helping end an 11-game Nets losing streak against the Lakers.

Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who never led and lost for the 24th time in 30 games with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Xavier Henry all sidelined by injuries.

Brooklyn played without Kevin Garnett, who was rested following Saturday night's 93-86 loss at Golden State. Shaun Livingston also didn't play because of a bruised tailbone that occurred in the first half against the Warriors.

Marcus Thornton, who joined the club following Wednesday's trade that sent Reggie Evans and Jason Terry to Sacramento, has yet to see action for the Nets because of food poisoning.

Nick Young played for the first time since Feb. 5, scoring 10 points in 19 minutes for the Lakers after missing six games with a fracture in his left knee.

Nets general manager Billy King, in need of a post player after losing center Brook Lopez for the season on Dec. 20 with a broken right foot - and failing to acquire another one before last Thursday's trading deadline - took a chance on the 7-foot, 255-pound Collins.

Collins also has played for Memphis, Minnesota, Atlanta and Boston, where he was a teammate of Pierce and Kevin Garnett last season. Sunday was a homecoming, as he was born in Northridge, Calif., and played his high school ball at Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood. Collins' new coach is a former Nets teammate - Jason Kidd.

Collins' scheduled pregame press conference was delayed about 15-20 minutes while he was still getting his physical. He reported into the game with 10:28 left in the second quarter and the Nets leading 35-26 after the Lakers' Nick Young made the first of his two free throws.

The sellout crowd welcomed Collins with a nice ovation when public address announcer Lawrence Tanter announced his name, and he spent 4 minutes and 15 seconds on the court during his first stint while the Nets increased their lead to 16 points.

Andrei Kirilenko made his first start of the season in Livingston's place and had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. Rookie Mason Plumlee made his second NBA start in Garnett's spot, and the Nets didn't miss a beat - using 14 points by Pierce to build a 31-12 lead with 3:35 left in the first quarter.

Down by 12 after Alan Anderson's 3-pointer with 10:24 to play, the Lakers narrowed the gap to 89-84 with eight straight points. But Pierce responded with a 3-pointer and Williams added a short jumper that restored Brooklyn's double-digit lead to 97-86 with 5:28 remaining. The Lakers got no closer than four points on Jodie Meeks' layup with 10.5 seconds to go.

NOTES: Bad timing Dept.: ESPN had this game on its original schedule, but dropped it a few weeks ago because of the Lakers' dismal record and Bryant's injury. As a result, the network settled for the Houston-Phoenix game instead. ... Kidd, in his first season as an NBA coach, is one of only four players in league history to play more minutes than Garnett - and one of only four to have made more 3-pointers than Pierce. ... The Lakers hosted the Nets for the first time since Nov. 20, 2012, the night Mike D'Antoni coached his first game with Los Angeles. D'Antoni's teams are 21-8 against the Nets, including a 9-5 mark during his three-plus seasons with the Knicks. ... The Lakers had 37 rebounds and 58 points in the paint against Brooklyn, after Golden State had 50 boards and 52 points in the paint against the Nets. ... The Nets are 3-10 in the second half of back-to-back sets.

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Game Notes

2013-14 Season Series: The Lakers took the first meeting of the season vs. the Nets at
Barclays Center, extending their current win streak over Brooklyn to 11 straight games.

All-Time Series Notes: The Lakers won the season series with Brooklyn 2-0 in 2012-13,
extending their win streak to 10 straight overall against the Nets … Since the Nets entered
the league prior to the 1976-77 season, the Lakers have lost just four total season series to
Brooklyn, the last coming in 2005-06 (0-2) … This Lakers and Nets have met 78 times with
Los Angeles leading the all-time series 59-19. The Lakers have won 13 of 14 games vs.
Brooklyn ... At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 10-4 all-time against the Nets ... On the
road, the Lakers are 9-1 in their last 10 games and are winners of their last seven straight ...
In their first meeting of the year in 2008-09, the Lakers defeated the Nets 120-93 11/25/08
at STAPLES Center, with the 27-point differential surpassing the old mark of 25 points
(3/24/97) as the Lakers largest margin of victory ever against the Nets ... Six seasons ago,
Pau Gasol, the second longest tenured Laker, made his Lakers debut against the Nets,
totaling 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, 12 rebounds and four assists 2/5/08 at Brooklyn,
while Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni made his Lakers debut 11/20/12 in a 95-90 win at

Connections: Lakers G Kobe Bryant, F Pau Gasol, and G Jordan Farmar faced Nets F Kevin Garnett and F Paul Pierce, who were formerly members of the Boston
Celtics, met in the NBA Finals on two occasions (2008 and 2010) … Farmar played on the Nets from 2010 to 2012, averaging 9.9 points and 4.4 assists in 115 games …
Lakers G MarShon Brooks spent the first two seasons of his career (2011-12 and 2012-13) with the Nets, garnering 2012 NBA All-Rookie Second Team selection… Lakers
G Steve Nash and Nets G Joe Johnson were teammates together in Phoenix during the 2004-05 season (Johnson’s last with the Suns) with Mike D’Antoni serving as
head coach … Nets head coach Jason Kidd and Nash played together on the Phoenix Suns from 1996 to 1998 ... Lakers C Chris Kaman and Nets G Shaun Livingston
played together on the Los Angeles Clippers from 2004 to 2007 … While on the Toronto Raptors from 2011-13, Nets G Alan Anderson was coached by then-Raptors and
current Lakers assistant Johnny Davis … Nets C Andray Blatche played with Lakers G Nick Young on the Washington Wizards from 2007-12 … Garnett and Lakers
assistant Mark Madsen were teammates on the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2003 to 2007… Lakers rookie F Ryan Kelly and Nets rookie F Mason Plumlee were
collegiate teammates all four years at Duke.

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Game Leaders

  LAL   BKN  
Pau Gasol
pts Deron Williams
Pau Gasol
reb Andrei Kirilenko
Kendall Marshall
ast Deron Williams

Game Starters

  LAL   BKN  
Kendall Marshall g Deron Williams
Jodie Meeks g Shaun Livingston
Pau Gasol c Kevin Garnett
Kent Bazemore f Marvin Williams
Wesley Johnson f Richard Jefferson


Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Xavier Henry:
    (right knee bone bruise) is out
  • Steve Nash:
    (knee) is questionable
  • Nick Young:
    (left knee fracture and bone bruise) is probable

Injury Report - NETS

  • Shaun Livingston:
    (tailbone) is questionable
  • Marcus Thorton:
    (illness) is questionable
  • Brook Lopes:
    (foot) is out

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