Jason Kidd and a band of reserves prevented that from happening.
Kidd scored five of his season-high 35 points in overtime, and
had eight rebounds and 12 assists Sunday night, leading the Nets to
a 102-96 victory over the Lakers.
The Nets won despite Kobe Bryant's 46 points -- an NBA
single-game high this season. Bryant scored all but seven of his
points after halftime, but only one in overtime.
Bryant shot 14-of-36 including 4-of-12 from 3-point range, and
14-of-16 from the foul line.
"It was a pretty emotional shot," Cook said. "It looked like
we kind of celebrated a little too early."
That's exactly what happened, since the Nets outscored the
Lakers 11-5 in overtime, making 4 of 7 shots while Los Angeles was
"We went to small ball," Kidd said. "Guys stepped up and did
what they had to do to win the game. I just tried to put as much
pressure on their defense as I could. I have to step up to the
plate. Tonight, I finally made some shots.
"The big thing is, we showed our experience. We came out in
overtime, put pressure on them, made some shots and made some
The Nets' starting front line of Nenad Krstic, Richard Jefferson
and Jason Collins had all fouled out by the end of the fourth
quarter. In overtime, New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank went with a
lineup of backcourt starters Kidd and Vince Carter along with
guards Jeff McInnis and Jacque Vaughn and forward/center Clifford
"This game was a huge test of will," Frank said. "The mental
toughness that we showed in the overtime, of starting fresh and
living in the moment was unbelievable -- a true team win."
A basket by the seldom-used Vaughn with 3:39 remaining gave the
Nets a 95-93 lead, and they were on top the rest of the way. New
Jersey never trailed in snapping a three-game losing streak.
"We just did not execute in overtime, and the execution was
really simple," Bryant said. "They just got the ball to Jason and
let him operate."
Cook added 14 points and was the only Los Angeles player outside
of Bryant to score in double figures. Odom shot 1-for-11 for eight
points, and had 10 rebounds.
Kidd, who scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, made 1 of 2
free throws with 12 seconds left to give the Nets a two-point lead.
Bryant drove the lane before passing to a wide-open Odom, who
missed a 3-pointer. But Cook was at the right place for just his
fourth rebound of the game.
Kidd scored five straight points to give the Nets an 87-79 lead
with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter. Bryant made two 3-pointers
and scored eight points in the last 28½ seconds to lead the Lakers'
Krstic had 20 points and a season-high 13 rebounds before
fouling out with 1:14 to play in the fourth quarter for the Nets
(6-7), who snapped a five-game losing streak on the road and handed
the Lakers their sixth loss in eight games.
Jefferson had 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with
5:57 left in the fourth period, and Carter also scored 10 for the
The Lakers, who trailed 8-0 and 15-2, moved within two points
early in the second half, but the Nets responded by going on a 22-6
run for a 59-41 lead. Thanks mainly to Bryant, who had 19 of his
team's 28 third-quarter points, Los Angeles cut New Jersey's lead
to 65-56 entering the final period.
The Nets led 36-28 after a forgettable first half in which each
team committed 10 turnovers and the Lakers shot 26.3 percent.
The Lakers played without injured forwards Kwame Brown,
Devean George and Slava Medvedenko. ... Lakers F Luke Walton played
for the first time this season, and had eight points, seven
rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes. Walton hadn't played
because of injuries to his left hamstring and right hip. ...
Jackson said he hopes Brown (strained right hamstring) and George
(sore left foot) are able to play Friday night, when the Lakers
entertain Minnesota, or Sunday night, when they host Charlotte. ...
Brown would like to begin running Monday or Tuesday and be back in
action next weekend or shortly thereafter. ... The Nets hadn't won
on the road since beating Toronto 102-92 on Nov. 4 in their first
away game of the season. ... Carter and Bryant exchanged angry
words after a foul by Bryant early in the third quarter. Both
players received technical fouls.