Lakers hold off Nets 95-90, win D'Antoni's debut

Lakers hold off Nets 95-90, win D'Antoni's debut

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By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 6 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 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 5 of 6 and moved above .500 since firing 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 5-game winning streak.

Brook Lopez scored 23 points and Deron Williams had 22 for the Nets, who missed 5 of their last six shots in their ninth consecutive loss to the Lakers.

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