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    Lakers hold on to beat Brooklyn after blowing big lead

    Nov 28, 2013

    The Los Angeles Lakers (8-8) blew a 27-point lead but recovered just in time to beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time).

    Lakers reserve Nick Young finished with a season-high 26 points as he led the league's most productive bench. Pau Gasol scored 21 points and is now second place on the NBA's career list for points by a European player. Jordan Farmar added 15 from the bench.

    Inaugurating their new black "Hollywood Nights" uniforms and hearing pro-Laker chants from the crowd, the Lakers were able to go ahead 48-21 early in the second quarter. The injury-plagued Nets fought all the way back and whittled the deficit to a 92-tie in the fourth quarter before Wesley Johnson scored the tiebreaker on a steal from Paul Pierce.

    Despite having one of the highest payrolls in the NBA, the Nets (4-11) have yet to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

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