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Nets Beat Lakers ... in First Half, Get Crushed in Second

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The Nets at least gave the Lakers something to talk about at halftime at the Izod Center Saturday night. The start wasn't as disastrous as it was Friday in Toronto, but the Lakers did lead by 12 points early in the second quarter. L.A. was up 11 a few minutes later when Devin Harris and the Nets came to life, closing the half on a 22-7 run that put them up two at the break. The Nets' lead reached six early in the third quarter before Kobe Bryant led the Lakers back. A 14-2 L.A. run gave them control of the game for good and they won the second half 57-36. The Nets cut down on their turnovers, but shot just 38 percent from the field. Harris (21 points), Chris Douglas-Roberts (20 points before injuring his ankle in the fourth) and Brook Lopez (18 points, 11 boards) were about all the offense they had. Bryant led all scorers with 29 points.