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Jared Dudley’s buzzer-beater helps Lakers pull away from Nets

Jared Dudley’s buzzer-beater helps Lakers pull away from Nets

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up against Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets drives towards the basket against Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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  • Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, drives past Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Jared Dudley #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after hitting a three-point basket against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets passes the ball to Joe Harris #12 against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) spins past Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Taurean Prince #2 of the Brooklyn Nets dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) shoots over Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up against Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball against Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) drives past Brooklyn Nets’ Wilson Chandler (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (39) dunks the ball in front of Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Harris (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Head coach Kenny Atkinson of the Brooklyn Nets looks on against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) passes away from Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) calls out to his teammates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Avery Bradley (11) knocks the ball away from Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) talks to Anthony Davis (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) protects the ball from Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson calls out to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James talks to teammates during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Jared Dudley #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers falls to the court battling for the ball against Rodions Kurucs #00 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Wilson Chandler #21 and Garrett Temple #17 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Wilson Chandler #21 and Garrett Temple #17 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, below fights for control of the ball with Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Harris, left, and Jarrett Allen during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. The Lakers won 128-113. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a basket against Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Jared Dudley #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after hitting a three point basket against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • The Lakers’ Jared Dudley celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer during Thursday’s game against the Nets in Brooklyn. Dudley’s basket was part of a 26-2 Lakers run that spanned the third and fourth quarters and sent them on their way to a 128-113 win. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles after defeating the Brooklyn Nets 128-113 at Barclays Center on January 23, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK — Even the crowd at Barclays Center couldn’t contain themselves. Everyone freaked out the moment Jared Dudley’s 3-pointer splashed in to beat the third-quarter buzzer.

But no reaction was more outsized than the Lakers, who immediately showered their 34-year-old “15th man” with the celebrations as if he had just hit a game-winner. Anthony Davis dashed over to bump him. Then Troy Daniels. Then Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. LeBron James jumped into him twice – after the first one, Dudley had to spin around once to fully recover.

After a blowout loss on Monday and a grinding win on Wednesday, the Lakers (36-9) had lacked a certain kind of spirit, slogging through the dog days of the season. Dudley sparked something within them, capping a 9-0 Lakers run to close the third quarter that gave them a 10-point lead and lighting the fuse that ignited a 17-2 run to begin the fourth quarter after they resumed play – a full flex of the Lakers’ considerable muscle for a 128-113 win over the Nets.

The Lakers had more energy and pace than they showed in the previous two games, no one more so than James who finished with his 10th triple-double of the season (27 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists). They rained down 19 3-pointers upon their hosts, shooting 50 percent from deep.

With JaVale McGee missing the start with flu-like symptoms, the starting center job fell to Dwight Howard, who made his biggest impact in the first half, finishing with 14 points.

Davis was questionable entering the matchup, but played through some discomfort in his bruised backside. He had 16 points on 4-for-9 shooting, but his most impressive highlight was a sky-high block of a shot by Kyrie Irving (20 points).

Danny Green made three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the third, pushing the Lakers’ lead to 88-75, but the Nets had it down to 95-94 after a 3-pointer by Irving with 49 seconds remaining. But then Davis and Rajon Rondo hit 3s before Dudley, who played in Brooklyn last season, hit his shot from near the Nets’ bench to beat the buzzer and make it 104-94.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made it four straight 3-pointers to open the fourth, extending the lead back to 13. James then scored eight in the quarter before taking a seat for good.

James is now 18 points from passing Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA’s career scoring list. He can pass Bryant on Saturday in Philadelphia, where the five-time champion with the Lakers was born.

James has 33,626 points. Bryant finished with 33,643.

More to come on this story.


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