Lakers fall short of the Nets after four games.

Lakers fall short of the Nets after four games.

The visiting Brooklyn Nets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 130–112 on Friday to snap a four-game losing run. Cam Thomas scored 33 points, while Nic Claxton added 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 points and Mikal Bridges added 17, one game after he was hindered by a leg contusion. Former Laker Lonnie Walker IV provided 15 points for Brooklyn, who entered with defeats in nine of its prior 10 games.

The Nets shot 19 of 47 from 3-point range (40.4 percent) in ending a five-game road losing run.

Anthony Davis scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and LeBron James added 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Lakers remained inconsistent. The setback came after Los Angeles posted straight victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks.

D’Angelo Russell scored 20 points and Jarred Vanderbilt added 12 for Los Angeles, which has not won three straight games since early December. Now that they have played six straight games at home against Los Angeles before embarking on a six-game road trip, the Lakers are 2-1.

The Lakers got out to a quick start, outscoring the Nets 37-28 in the first round while shooting 65.2% from the field. With a 34-31 edge in the second quarter, Brooklyn started to turn the game around, cutting the Lakers’ lead to 68-62 at the half.

With 8:09 left in the third quarter, Bridges’ 3-pointer gave the Nets their first lead at 76-74, after they had not taken the lead at all in the first half. Brooklyn jumped out to a 38–22 lead in the third quarter and had a 100–90 edge heading into the fourth.

With 6:57 left, a basket by Claxton gave the Nets a 117-98 lead, maintaining the distance. With 5:09 remaining, Thomas made a 3-pointer to put Brooklyn up 123-103, and they easily won the rest of the game.

The Lakers are 7-13 since winning the NBA mid-season tournament in early December, while the Nets are at 4-14 since December 14.

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