NEWARK, N.J. — The Lakers outscored the New Jersey Nets, 12-5, in the closing minutes and took a tougher-than-expected victory in the second game of their six-game trip. Kobe Bryant scored 32 points for he Lakers, setting up Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom for late baskets. Bryant also had four rebounds and a team-leading six assists. Odom added 22 points, Gasol scored 15 and Derek Fisher had 10. Brook Lopez had 25 for the Nets. Jordan Farmar, an ex-Lakers guard, scored eight points in a reserve role for New Jersey.
“Guys weren’t standing around and watching,” Bryant said of the Lakers’ late-game flurry. “They were cutting without the basketball. We did a much better job of that. … That’s something we’ve talked about in practice. You can’t stand and watch.”