The Los Angeles Lakers held it together for a half but fell apart in the third quarter in a 114-105 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The Lakers gave up 40 points in the third, getting sliced and diced by Deron Williams. The Lakers held a one-point lead at the half, but Joe Johnson drilled the Lakers with four threes in the third quarter to blow the game open.
Williams had no problem passing around the Lakers like a warmup drill. He ended the night with 12 points and 15 assists, setting a new career-high in dimes as a Net. Brook Lopez had a big game off the bench, scoring 22 points while grabbing 14 rebounds.
Jeremy Lin had a solid game even with Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson splitting time in the backcourt. Lin finished the night going six-of-nine from the field for 18 points. Jordan Hill had a routine double-double in his return to action. The Lakers struggled from deep as a team, making just four of their 23 three-point attempts while the Nets plucked away from the perimeter.
The Lakers' losing streak reaches seven games and is the longest in the NBA currently. The Celtics visit Los Angeles for the only time this season on Sunday.
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