The Nets were coming off a mistake-filled game against the Golden State Warriors the night before, but showed no signs of fatigue against the run-and-gun Lakers. Marcus Thornton still has not played a minute for his new team as he sat out his second straight game due to food poisoning. Kevin Garnett also sat out the back-to-back games for rest and Shaun Livingston missed the game nursing a bruised tailbone he suffered against the Warriors.
The Nets didn’t need either player as Deron Williams and Paul Pierce provided enough scoring to carry the load. Andrei Kirilenko made up for Garnett’s absence on the boards as he collected 10 rebounds. The Nets are a team that, when fully healthy, can give any opponent problems with their great ball handlers and good perimeter shooters. Their lack of size is their only concern, and they hope that newly-signed Jason Collins can provide some low post defense to offset the lack of a physical presence they have when Garnett is not on the floor.
The win puts the Nets in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, and they are just four games away from snatching up the third seed. With the win, they are now 2-2 on their seven-game road trip with games remaining against the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks.
The opportunity is there for the Nets if they wish to make a move. Based on the way they are playing, they seem poised to not let it slip by.