Lakers hold off Nets 95-90, win D'Antoni's debut

Lakers hold off Nets 95-90, win D'Antoni's debut
November 21, 2012, 1:13 am
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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni gestures as he directs his team in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


LOS ANGELES (AP) Kobe Bryant scored six of his 25 points in the final two minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on for a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night in coach Mike D'Antoni's sideline debut.

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds despite a horrific 7-for-19 performance at the free-throw line for the Lakers, who have won five of six and moved above .500 since firing Mike Brown.

Although D'Antoni is still unsteady on his surgically replaced knee, he coached Los Angeles to a narrow victory that snapped Brooklyn's five-game winning streak.

Brook Lopez scored 23 points and Deron Williams had 22 for the Nets, who missed five of their last six shots in their ninth consecutive loss to the Lakers.