The Skinny: The Nets? ?Big Three? scored the first 14 points for Brooklyn, but Pau Gasol?s work on the glass helped the Lakers battle to an early tie. Brooklyn then went on a 7-0 run with Deron Williams heating up from the outside. Williams finished with 11 points in the quarter as the Nets led by six after one.
To start the second quarter, Earl Clark guided the Lakers to a 10-2 run to take the lead, as the Nets went ice cold from the field. Back-and-forth ties and lead changes ensued before Los Angeles orchestrated an extended 19-5 run to open a 12-point lead. A Mirza Teletovic three-pointer in the final seconds cut the deficit to nine points at the break.