Final: Los Angeles Lakers edge Brooklyn Nets, 95-90

Stephen Dunn

The Nets came close, but couldn't hold on to a six-point, fourth-quarter lead in L.A.

The Nets' showed well in L.A. on Tuesday, but their winning streak came to an end in a heartbreaking 95-90 loss to the Lakers.

The Lakers scored the first 10 points of the game, but the Nets answered with an 11-2 run and eventually took the lead early in the second quarter. They led by one at the half, survived the third quarter (only lost it by four) and used an 11-1 run to go up six midway through the fourth.

The Lakers answered with an 11-2 run of their own and led 89-86 with less than two minutes left. The Nets cut it to one with 36 seconds on the clock on a Joe Johnson fast break, but were back down three with 4.8 seconds left and Deron Williams' attempt to tie in the final seconds was long. A pair of Kobe Bryant free throws with 0.2 on the clock provided the final margin.

Here's Avery Johnson on the game's end, as relayed by Stefan Bondy:

"Our defense was pretty good all the way to the very end. Tough situation. Humphries plays great defense with 17.2 seconds left in the game (foul called to send Kobe to the line). Then 11.2 seconds left in the game, they (Gasol) travel on the play. So I thought our defense was pretty good. To go back in the locker room and watch those two situations, it was tough to swallow."

The Nets shot just 42 percent from the field, while the Lakers shot 48 percent. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 23 points on 11-for-18 shooting. Williams added 22 points and 10 assists, but made just six of his 18 shots. Gerald Wallace scored just seven points, but also had five steals and three blocks. Kris Humphries and Reggie Evans each grabbed double-digit rebounds. Joe Johnson had six assists but shot just 6-for-16.

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