Halftime: Lakers 59, Nets 34

Kobe Bryant scored 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting and Pau Gasol added 10 points as the Lakers threatened to turn the game into a farce. The Lakers shot 52.5 percent in the first half and limited the Nets to 34.2 percent shooting. The Lakers led by as many as 27 points in the first half and seemed to be toying with winless New Jersey. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 12 points on 3-for-8 shooting. The Nets had 10 turnovers in the first half.