Lakers vs. Nets: Once Again New Jersey Hangs Tough, Can’t Close Out Game

December 12th, 2010 by Ryan Comstock Leave a reply »
In what has become a theme for the New Jersey Nets, they gave a superior team all they could handle, but were unable to come away with a win.

Facing the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, the Nets faced a 10-point deficit at halftime, but kept fighting and even took a single-digit lead in the fourth quarter.

What has defined New Jersey so far this year has been their lack of late game execution, and it was again evident against the Lakers. Simply put, LA knows how to win and the Nets don't.

After taking an 83-82 lead with just over five minutes left, New Jersey was outscored 17-10 to close out the game, losing 99-92.

The Lakers were able to execute their offense and the Nets were not. Los Angeles also got to the free throw line 29 times and got 24 of their points from there. New Jersey by comparison hit 16-of-19 free throw attempts.

LA was also more opportunistic in making open three-point shots, going seven-of-16 from downtown. New Jersey got some deep looks, but went just four-of-20 from behind the arc.

The Nets got balanced scoring with four players in double-figures. Brook Lopez led the ...

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