The Brooklyn Nets continued their first western road trip of the season Tuesday night, and had the unfortunate luck of becoming the first team defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers under new head coach Mike D'Antoni, as the Nets were beaten 95-90 by the Lakers in game that truely was not decided until the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The Lakers began the game on a 10-0 run, which was followed by an 11-2 from the Nets, which set the tone for the evening.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez led the way for the Nets, combining for 45 points, which was bested by the tandem of Kobe Bryant and one time almost- Net Dwight Howard, who narrowly edged the with 48. Reggie Evans led the Nets with 11 rebounds, and after the game was fined 5000 dollars for violating the NBA's Flopping policy for exaggerating a push from Metta World Peace in the third quarter, becoming the first player in the league to be fined- surprising no one- as Evans had been warned previously after an incident against the Celtics.
The Nets hope to rebound as they travel to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors tonight, and the Lakers travel to Sacramento for a game against the Kings.