Jordan Farmar, that is.
"The more opportunity I get to play, the more I'm on the floor, the guys respond to me differently and let me lead them, put guys in positions to be successful," Farmar said.
"We were just playing with energy," Young said. "We knew we needed to come out of the gates because last night didn't sit well with us. It was a blessing."
Forward Mirza Teletovic (career-high 17 points) sparked the Nets after halftime, pulling Brooklyn to within one with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4:24 left in the fourth quarter. The Bosnian then tied the score at 92 from the free-throw line with 3:57 remaining in regulation.
The Nets, who suffered their sixth loss in seven games to fall to 4-11, had chances to take the lead. However, they came up empty on four straight possessions, the final one resulting in a turnover that forward Wesley Johnson converted into a dunk on the other end to give the Lakers a 94-92 lead with 1:33 remaining.
"It's like we couldn't get a break," Nets guard Joe Johnson said. "We had some great looks. Maybe there was some controversial fouls, but it's part of it. It's kind of we couldn't get over the hump. We fought back, got back into the game and had our chances to win. We just came up short."
Swingman Alan Anderson drove the baseline for a dunk with 9.8 seconds left to pull the Nets within 95-94. Lakers guard Jodie Meeks knocked down two free throws with 8.3 seconds left, and Pierce missed a 3-point attempt with 2.2 seconds left to seal the Lakers' wild win.
"We can do better and we will do better," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I love this group of guys. They're playing as hard as they can play and they play well in moments. We just have to figure out a way to stretch it longer and (make sure) everybody is contributing."
"That would have been devastating," Young said. "Luckily, it didn't happen."
"I feel good, besides my finger," Young said. "It was a tough win. We came into Brooklyn, did what we had to do and everything is positive. It's a good way to eat some Thanksgiving."
NOTES: With 10 first-quarter points, Lakers C Pau Gasol passed Detlef Schrempf to become the second-highest-scoring European player in NBA history behind Dallas Mavericks F Dirk Nowitzki. Gasol finished with 21 points on the night. ... Out for the Nets were F Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms), C Brook Lopez (sprained left ankle), G Jason Terry (bruised left knee) and G Deron Williams (sprained left ankle). "They're day-to-day," Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd said. ... The Nets completed their third of 20 back-to-back games this year. Last season, Brooklyn led the NBA with 23 sets of back-to-back games. ... G Kobe Bryant (Achilles surgery) and G Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) did not play for the Lakers. ... The Nets head to the road to take on the Houston Rockets (Friday) and the Memphis Grizzlies (Saturday) in back-to-back games.