Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/28

Game 1: Friday, January 28th
Nets109Final
Lakers103
Game 2: Wednesday, February 9th
Lakers104Final
OT
Nets103

Lakers 104

(25-22, 8-12 away)

Nets 103

(21-28, 12-10 home)

7:30 PM ET, February 9, 2005

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 OT T
LAL 21 22 22 27 12104
NJ 20 29 24 19 11103

Top Performers

Los Angeles: L. Odom 16 Pts, 19 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

New Jersey: J. Kidd 28 Pts, 12 Reb, 12 Ast

Odom, Butler step up with Kobe still out

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- With Los Angeles Lakers needing a win and an injured Kobe Bryant still not an option, Lamar Odom delivered big time.

Odom had 16 points, matched a career-best with 19 rebounds and set up a go-ahead 3-pointer by Caron Butler with 1:54 to go in overtime to lead the Lakers to a 104-103 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.

"We just kept making plays," Odom said after Los Angeles snapped a three-game losing streak and ended the Nets' season-high five-game home winning streak.

The Lakers rallied from a 10-point deficit with 4:44 to play in regulation and survived a late overtime shot by Vince Carter and Jason Kidd's second straight triple-double to win for only the third time in nine games.

"We needed a win bad," said Atkins, who tied the game at 92 with a long 3-pointer with 12.1 seconds left in regulation. "We needed a win in the worst way. New Jersey has been playing great of late and they are a tough team to beat at home."

Jumaine Jones had 20 points, Butler 19, Luke Walton 17 and Atkins 14 for Los Angeles.

"Chucky Atkins got big guts," Odom said. "We finished strong. We made ourselves proud."

Los Angeles is 6-7 since Kobe Bryant went on the injured list with a severely sprained right ankle on Jan. 15.

"This is definitely a big win," Jones said. "It stopped the bleeding. It will take us into Detroit with confidence."

The Lakers play the Pistons Thursday night in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals.

Kidd finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his 63rd career triple-double. Carter, who had consecutive 40-point games, finished with 27 points on 9-for-23 shooting. Ten-day contract wonder Billy Thomas had a career-high 14 points, while Jabari Smith and Jason Collins added 11 points apiece.

"They took the game from us, you have to give them credit," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "They made the plays down the stretch."

Carter gave the Nets a 101-99 lead with 2:03 to play when he hit a jumper in the lane.

Odom, who had four points in the overtime, then drove past Kidd and found Butler deep in the left corner for his only 3-pointer of the game.

"We threw everybody we could at him," said Kidd, who finished the game guarding the 6-foot-10 Odom.

After a couple of fruitless possessions, Atkins made a wild floater in the lane with 36.8 seconds to go to stretch the lead to 104-101.

Carter cut the margin to a point with two free throws four seconds later, and the Nets got a chance to win after Odom and Walton missed shots inside on the Lakers' next possession.

The Nets called time out with 11.8 seconds to play and inbounded the ball to Carter. He worked a jump shot with about 3 seconds to go. The rebound went to the right of the basket and the Nets were annoyed that no foul was called when Atkins pushed Jacque Vaughn going after the loose ball.

"We had the ball in the right man's hands," Kidd said of the final play. "He took a good shot and it looked good. We thought we might have gotten a loose ball foul at the end, but the officials didn't see it. The one thing we can learn from this game is that the game is never over. We have to finish them out."

Down 90-82 after Carter hit a jumper, Odom and Walton each hit two free throws. After Carter made a jumper, Los Angeles scored the final six points.

Jones got Los Angeles within 92-89 with a 3-pointer with 36.3 seconds to play and Atkins got a chance to tie the game when Carter missed a shot in the lane.<

^NOTES: Nets forward Brian Scalabrine will have surgery on his left knee on Thursday. ... Lakers great Magic Johnson attended the game. ... Bryant sat behind the Lakers bench. He said he would like to play in the All-Star game next week if healthy. Lakers center Chris Mihm was called for a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter after hitting Carter with a roundhouse right trying to block a shot. ... The Lakers and Nets split two games this season. New Jersey is 6-14 against the Western Conference. ...New Jersey, which beat Philadelphia in overtime on Monday, played consecutive OT games for the first time since November 2001.

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