April 3, 2012
NETS-LAKERS LIVE FEED
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TURNING POINT: The Nets seemed down for the count after the Lakers led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, but they chipped away and got the deficit down to eight with just under four minutes remaining in the game. That's when Nets point guard Deron Williams took over, assisting on a basket by Kris Humphries, draining a deep 3-pointer and then assisting on a layup by Gerald Wallace. Following a layup by Metta World Peace that briefly pushed the lead back to three, Williams sank an even longer 3-pointer to get the Nets even with 1:29 remaining, the first time they hadn't trailed since the opening tip.
The key play came with 10.8 seconds remaining and the Lakers leading by a point. Ramon Sessions tried to pass to Matt Barnes in the middle and the ball went out of bounds. Possession was originally granted to the Nets, but after a video review the ball was awarded back to the Lakers. With just three seconds on the shot clock, Barnes in-bounded the ball from under his basket to Bryant at the top of the 3-point line and he sank a 26-footer to give the Lakers their final four-point lead.
NOTABLE: Nets guard Gerald Green was signed by the Lakers on Dec. 13, but waived nine days later. The Nets signed him to his first 10-day contract on Feb. 27 and then for the season on March 18. He seemed to have something to prove, scoring 13 points in his first eight minutes on the floor before going scoreless the next 19.
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|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
18 PTS, 15 REB
8-15 FGs, 2 STL
|On Kobe and the final:
"He’s been making shots like that his whole career so it was no surprise. He had a great look. It all came down to the first half of the game. We didn’t play well."