Forward Mirza Teletovic sparked the Nets after halftime with a career-high 17 points, 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 came up empty on four consecutive possessions with the game tied, 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.
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 Brooklyn guard Paul Pierce missed a 3-point attempt with 2.2 seconds left to seal the Lakers' 11th consecutive win over the Nets.
After being held scoreless in the first half, Pierce scored 10 points in the third quarter to ignite Brooklyn. The Nets (4-11) cut their deficit to 65-58 on an dunk by center Andray Blatche with 5:07 remaining in the third.
Lakers guard Jordan Farmar (15 points) again heated up from long distance. He sank a desperation heave from 25 feet as the shot clock expired with 3:34 remaining in the third quarter, and the Lakers went into the fourth with a 77-68 lead.
Once again, Los Angeles (8-8) received huge contributions from its bench. Young scored nine straight points to end the first quarter, and Farmar drained three consecutive 3-pointers to start the second quarter as the Lakers opened up a 43-18 lead just 1:09 into the second quarter.
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. ... 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. ... The Lakers play the Pistons in Detroit on Friday.