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Late Laker Surge Beats Nets

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The Nets played the Lakers even through the first half Tuesday night at the IZOD Center, but L.A. scored 58 points after the break to come out with a 15-point victory. It was just a three-point game with six minutes to go and the Nets had gotten an apparent stop, but Pau Gasol took a rebound away from Josh Boone and converted a three-point play to spark an 11-2 run to put the game away. Kobe Bryant injured his hand and was held to just six points by Jason Kidd and Vince Carter, but Gasol scored 24 in his Laker debut and Derek Fisher led all scorers with 28. Carter led the Nets with 27 points on 10-of-26 from the field after Phil Jackson made some less than complimentary remarks about his game. Boki Nachbar came up big off the bench, but Richard Jefferson, after getting hit with a Lamar Odom elbow early and taking stitches above his left eye, struggled offensively.