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Lopez helps Lakers edge Nets 102-99 in return to Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez smiled through a tribute video that showed his highlights stretching back to when he played in New Jersey and red, white and blue uniforms.

Then he went out and added a few more - this time at the Nets' expense.

Lopez scored 19 points in his return to Brooklyn, making the Lakers' final basket with 1:28 left to help Los Angeles hold on for a 102-99 victory on Friday night.

The Nets' career leader in scoring and blocked shots also had a big block down the stretch as the Lakers did just enough to avoid a third straight loss.

''Brook was great tonight,'' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. ''He did a good job. We don't win that game without him obviously.''

Julius Randle had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Brandon Ingram added 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Lakers. Josh Hart finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds, helping Los Angeles to a 56-38 advantage on the boards.

Spencer Dinwiddie had 23 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Nets. Rookie Jarrett Allen, playing the center spot Lopez occupied for nine seasons in New Jersey and later Brooklyn before getting dealt to Los Angeles in the trade that brought D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn, had a season-best 20 points.

''He was the face of the franchise here and now I am here trying to become the face, too,'' Allen said of facing Lopez. ''Just going back and forth. I mean, it's a good challenge.''

Lopez came out on the winning end of it, blocking Allen's shot with 1:41 left to preserve a two-point lead, then scoring on a shot running hook.

The No. 10 pick in the 2008 draft by the Nets, Lopez has had to navigate a new role in Los Angeles, where the Lakers like to play small and fast. But they needed his big presence in a low-scoring fourth quarter.

''It's just been different all season but I just try to stay ready,'' Lopez said.

Allen was 6 for 6 for 16 points in the first half, but Lopez answered with 12 points in the third quarter, going 5 for 5 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers to send the teams to the fourth tied at 85.

The Lakers shut the Nets out for more than five minutes while scoring 11 straight to open a 96-87 lead.

TIP-INS

Lakers: The Nets played a video tribute for Lopez between the first and second quarters that included him dunking over his twin brother, Robin. ''I definitely caught that,'' Lopez said. ''They could have like three or four more of those obviously, it happened so often.'' ... Kyle Kuzma was drafted with the No. 27 pick, which the Lakers acquired from the Nets in the Lopez-Russell trade. ... The Lakers attended the musical ''Hamilton'' on Broadway on Thursday night.

Nets: James Webb III made a 3-pointer in the first half for his first NBA points. The Nets said he was the first Boise State alum to score in the NBA since Coby Karl in 2007-08. ... Russell finished with 15 points off the bench.

DUNKING LIKE DAD

With Larry Nance Jr. chosen Thursday for the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend, he'll have a chance to follow in his father's footsteps - or flight path. Larry Nance was an NBA high flyer who won the inaugural event in 1984 in Phoenix.

''His dad was obviously one of the all-time best and now he's got a chance to go and show what he can do,'' Walton said.

Walton also followed his father, Hall of Famer Bill Walton, to the NBA.

''Larry's obviously living his own career, he's doing his own thing, but there's something special when you get to do what your father did,'' Walton added.

LIN'S INJURY

Jeremy Lin has been rehabbing in Vancouver after rupturing his right patellar tendon in the Nets' season opener. He declined to offer much specific about his treatment, but is working to not only heal the knee but also build up other parts of his body so he can come back quicker and stronger.

''To have a year off is really, how can I best maximize this time and also to put myself in a position where I'm not in this position again,'' Lin said. ''I mean this is sports so nothing's guaranteed, but just addressing a lot of muscle and balances, movement, deficiencies, all these different things.''

UP NEXT

Lakers: Visit Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Nets: Host Milwaukee on Sunday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Josh Hart 0:01
  Joe Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
  Personal foul on Jordan Clarkson 0:06
+ 1 Julius Randle made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:08
  Team rebound 0:08
  Julius Randle missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:08
  Personal foul on Jarrett Allen 0:08
  Personal foul on D'Angelo Russell 0:10
  Offensive rebound by Josh Hart 0:11
  Brook Lopez missed jump shot 0:17
+ 2 Spencer Dinwiddie made driving layup 0:41
Team Stats
Points 102 99
Field Goals 39-92 (42.4%) 37-82 (45.1%)
3-Pointers 10-26 (38.5%) 9-29 (31.0%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 16-23 (69.6%)
Total Rebounds 65 46
Offensive 18 5
Defensive 38 33
Team 9 8
Assists 21 20
Steals 5 7
Blocks 6 8
Turnovers 15 11
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 8 REB, 10 AST
23 PTS, 7 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Lakers 20-31 24352617102
home team logo Nets 19-34 2631281499
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 20-31 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Nets 19-34 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Randle PF PPG RPG APG FG%
S. Dinwiddie PG 12.6 PPG 3.2 RPG 6.6 APG 38.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Randle PF 19 PTS 12 REB 2 AST
S. Dinwiddie PG 23 PTS 7 REB 9 AST
42.4 FG% 45.1
38.5 3PT FG% 31.0
70.0 FT% 69.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Lopez 27 19 3 0 0 3 3 4 8/13 3/5 0/0 0 3 22 +5
J. Randle 32 19 12 2 0 0 5 1 9/16 0/0 1/2 4 8 30 0
B. Ingram 36 16 8 10 0 0 2 3 5/14 0/1 6/8 1 7 42 +1
J. Hart 34 15 14 2 1 0 0 2 5/8 3/6 2/4 3 11 34 0
K. Caldwell-Pope 22 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 0/5 0/3 3/4 0 0 4 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Lopez 27 19 3 0 0 3 3 4 8/13 3/5 0/0 0 3 22 +5
J. Randle 32 19 12 2 0 0 5 1 9/16 0/0 1/2 4 8 30 0
B. Ingram 36 16 8 10 0 0 2 3 5/14 0/1 6/8 1 7 42 +1
J. Hart 34 15 14 2 1 0 0 2 5/8 3/6 2/4 3 11 34 0
K. Caldwell-Pope 22 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 0/5 0/3 3/4 0 0 4 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 26 11 4 2 0 1 2 2 3/14 3/6 2/2 1 3 18 +5
L. Nance Jr. 15 7 8 2 1 0 1 0 3/5 1/1 0/0 4 4 19 +3
C. Brewer 12 6 3 0 1 0 0 3 3/6 0/1 0/0 2 1 10 +5
K. Kuzma 20 6 3 1 1 0 0 1 3/9 0/1 0/0 2 1 12 -2
A. Caruso 11 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 0 5 +2
T. Ennis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Zubac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 102 56 21 5 6 15 18 39/92 10/26 14/20 18 38 196 +15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Dinwiddie 32 23 7 9 0 0 0 0 9/19 2/6 3/5 1 6 48 +3
J. Allen 24 20 5 0 2 1 0 5 8/11 0/0 4/6 2 3 28 +6
A. Crabbe 30 8 2 1 1 1 0 0 2/9 2/6 2/2 0 2 14 +10
D. Carroll 34 7 1 0 0 1 4 3 3/7 0/2 1/2 0 1 5 -3
Q. Acy 24 0 5 4 3 1 1 2 0/3 0/3 0/0 1 4 16 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Dinwiddie 32 23 7 9 0 0 0 0 9/19 2/6 3/5 1 6 48 +3
J. Allen 24 20 5 0 2 1 0 5 8/11 0/0 4/6 2 3 28 +6
A. Crabbe 30 8 2 1 1 1 0 0 2/9 2/6 2/2 0 2 14 +10
D. Carroll 34 7 1 0 0 1 4 3 3/7 0/2 1/2 0 1 5 -3
Q. Acy 24 0 5 4 3 1 1 2 0/3 0/3 0/0 1 4 16 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 23 15 4 3 0 0 1 2 7/18 1/5 0/1 0 4 24 +1
J. Harris 24 11 7 1 1 0 0 2 3/5 2/4 3/3 0 7 21 -13
C. LeVert 17 7 2 1 0 1 4 1 3/5 1/2 0/0 0 2 8 -13
J. Okafor 15 5 2 0 0 3 1 1 1/4 0/0 3/4 0 2 9 -4
J. Webb 12 3 3 1 0 0 0 2 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 2 8 -2
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doyle - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hollis-Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 99 38 20 7 8 11 18 37/82 9/29 16/23 5 33 181 -15