Kidd’s Nets outgun Kobe’s Lakers in OT thriller
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd scored a season-high 35 points,
including five in overtime, to lift the New Jersey Nets to a 102-96 win over
the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
Kidd added 12 assists while Nenad Krstic had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the
Nets, who improved to 1-3 on their current five-game road trip.
Kobe Bryant poured in a season-high 46 points for the Lakers, who have dropped
three of their last four games. Brian Cook chipped in 14 points in the
In overtime, Kidd hit one free throw to give New Jersey a 96-93 lead with 3:03
left and the margin later grew to seven on his breakaway layup with 1:14
The Nets, who never trailed in the game, were never threatened again and
posted the six-point win.
Los Angeles trailed by nine after three quarters, but rallied in the fourth
before finally tying the game at 75-75 on Bryant’s three-point play with 5:15
left in regulation.
New Jersey, though, scored three straight points and the Lakers eventually
fell behind 87-79 on Kidd’s three-point play with 1:57 left in the game.
Los Angeles, though, hung around courtesy of Bryant’s sharp-shooting. The All-
Star guard trimmed the gap to 87-84 when he buried a three-pointer with 28
After New Jersey’s Marc Jackson made 1-of-2 from the foul line, Bryant drained
another three, this time with 13 seconds left, to make it 88-87.
The Nets then quickly made it a three-point game courtesy of two foul shots by
Kidd, and after Bryant netted a pair from the foul line, Kidd missed 1-of-2
and New Jersey led 91-89 with 12.1 seconds to go.
Lamar Odom then missed a three as time was running out, but Cook got the
rebound and put home the game-tying bucket just before the buzzer sounded to
send the game into overtime.
New Jersey jumped out to an 8-0 lead and extended the cushion to 15-2 on
Kidd’s basket with around four minutes left in the first quarter. The Nets
eventually led 26-10 after one as Kidd paved the way with nine points.
Los Angeles made just 3-of-20 field goals in the first period.
New Jersey was nearly as bad from the field in the second quarter, going 5-
of-21 from the floor.
The Lakers cut the deficit to 26-18 as New Jersey went the first 6:10 of the
second without a point. LA got as close as six points in the period,
but the Nets led 36-28 at the intermission.
The Nets led 65-56 after 36 minutes.
Kidd made 12-of-15 free throws…Bryant scored at least 40 points for the 43rd
time in his career and third this season. He hit 14-of-36 field goals…New
Jersey improved to 2-5 on the road this season…The Lakers’ 10 first-quarter
points and 28 first-half points were both season lows.