The Los Angeles Lakers shrugged off the absence of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace with a 92-83 road victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday.
Howard sat out a second straight game with his ailing shoulder while World Peace served a one-game suspension for striking a Detroit player on Sunday, but the Lakers survived a tough battle for their third straight win and sixth in seven games.
Kobe Bryant scored 21 points, and Steve Nash added 17 and eight assists to help Los Angeles (23-26) break clear of Brooklyn in the final stages.
The Nets led 83-82 with two and a half minutes left but the Lakers scored the last 10 points, with point guard Nash assisting on two baskets and adding four straight free throws to put his stamp on the win.
Brook Lopez had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets (28-20), who notched their 10th straight loss to the Lakers.