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 in Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni's sideline debut.
LOS ANGELES — 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 Lakers 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 since firing coach 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.
“I’m really happy to get a win,” said D’Antoni, joking that he had about 15 minutes until his painkilling medication wore off.
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“It was great to be out there and great to be with the guys.”
Brook Lopez scored 23 points and Deron Williams added 22 for the Nets, who missed five of their last six shots.
Los Angeles went 4-1 under interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff, a former Sonics coach.
D’Antoni took over the bench nine days after he was hired to replace Brown. Los Angeles (6-5) largely couldn’t play at his favored fast tempo, but D’Antoni quickly learned the benefits of coaching Bryant, who took over in the final minutes.
D’Antoni nearly debuted on the Lakers’ sideline two nights earlier against Houston, but was persuaded to delay by trainer Gary Vitti, who was concerned about the 61-year-old’s mobility and the possibility of late-game fatigue.
• Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and visiting New York extended the New Orleans Hornets’ losing streak to four with a 102-80 victory.
The Knicks are 8-1 for the third time in franchise history. The other two times, the 1969-70 and 1972-73 seasons, they won NBA titles.
• Nick Young scored 23 points off the bench, Jason Richardson had six of his 21 points late in the fourth quarter and the host Philadelphia 76ers beat Toronto 106-98.
• Perennial All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Oct. 19 and said he is still about two weeks from getting on the court to start running and shooting.
• Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving, last season’s rookie of the year who will miss the next month with a broken left index finger: “I’m just glad it’s not injuries, knock on wood, such as something that could keep me out for six months. I’m going to miss a few games, I’m aware of that. But you just gotta stay positive.”