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Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Takeaways and Player Grades

Dec 14, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets, already without Jeremy Lin, got a scare early in the game, when Isaiah Whitehead‘s knee collided with Timofey Mozgov. The brief injury forced Brooklyn to call a timeout, but Whitehead remained in the game.

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The Nets and Lakers got off to an evenly-matched start, as the two teams were tied at 16 with five minutes left in the first quarter. The Lakers ran into some early adversity, when point guard D’Angelo Russell picked up his third personal foul halfway through the first quarter.

The two teams traded runs late in the quarter. An 8-0 Brooklyn run gave the Nets an advantage, but Los Angeles ended the quarter on a 9-0 run, capped off by a buzzer-beater from Jordan Clarkson. The Nets trailed 30-27 at the end of the first quarter.

Brooklyn struggled from beyond the arc in the first half, as the Nets made just one of their first 12 three-point attempts. Despite being cold from the floor, the Nets kept pace with the Lakers thanks to their success at the free throw line. The Nets made 13 of their first 15 free throws, which kept them in the game at a time when the offense struggled.

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The Nets were able to weather the storm until their offense found a rhythm. An 11-4 Nets run gave Brooklyn a 38-37 lead midway through the second quarter as the tables turned.

With Los Angeles suddenly going cold — at one point missing 13 consecutive shots — the Nets were able to build a 49-41 lead. The Nets took a 52-43 lead into halftime after Sean Kilpatrick hit a three-pointer to beat the buzzer. Kilpatrick and Brook Lopez led the Nets with 10 each, while Timofey Mozgov and Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with eight points apiece.

The third quarter got off to an ugly start. Brooklyn came out of the locker room and didn’t look ready. The offense looked sloppy, and had no rhythm whatsoever. Kenny Atkinson was forced to take a timeout in an effort to regroup.

The Lakers were able to claw their way back into the game as the Nets piled up turnovers. Thanks to a 10-0 run, Los Angeles took a 65-62 lead, forcing the Nets to take a timeout.

Los Angeles outscored the Nets 33-23 in the third quarter as the Lakers took a one point lead, 76-75, into the fourth quarter.

The Nets found themselves in yet another close game, as they have many times this season. The first half of the fourth quarter was extremely evenly matched, as the Nets led 95-94 with six minutes remaining.

Brooklyn, highlighted by a Joe Harris three, put a flurry of points together to take a 102-94 lead. With a minute remaining, the Nets held an eight point lead, 104-96. The Lakers, as they had done a few times on Wednesday night, went cold offensively. Los Angeles missed 10 consecutive shots in the fourth quarter as the Nets pulled away.

The Nets got their seventh win of the season by a score of 107-97. Brooklyn also stopped their skid of allowing 110 or more points in a game, which had reached 14 straight games.

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