The Lakers' comeback attempt against the Brooklyn Nets fell short on Sunday night, as the Lakers fell 108-102.

After trailing by double digits for most of the game, a MarShon Brooks put-back and a Nick Young layup closed the Lakers to within four points with just over 7 1/2 minutes left on the clock.

The game featured the Brooklyn debut of Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay player to participate in an NBA game when he took the court in the first half. Collins played just under 11 minutes and while he didn’t score, the Nets out-scored the Lakers by eight points with the veteran center on the floor, in a six-point victory.

Deron Williams answered with a layup. An Andrei Kirilenko free throw and a Paul Pierce three-pointer, followed by another Williams basket, pushed Brooklyn back up to 11.

The Lakers fought through the final moments, but ultimately fell by six.

Williams led all scorers with 30 points. Pierce added 25 while Kirilenko gave Brooklyn a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers were led by Pau Gasol with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Jodie Meeks contributed 19 points. Kent Bazemore, making his first start for the team, scored 17.

Brooklyn shot 48% from three-point range (12-25) and 75% from the line (24-32). The Lakers hit a higher percentage from the field (41.3%) but missed nine free throws (17-26, 65.4%).

The Nets shot 47.4% with 19 turnovers. The Lakers hit 41.2% from behind the arc while turning the ball over 17 times.

Jordan Hill added 10 off the bench while Nick Young, making his return from a knee injury, scored 10.

The Nets (26-28), winning on the second night of a back-to-back, played without Brook Lopez (knee), Kevin Garnett (rest), Shaun Livingston (tailbone) and Marcus Thornton (food poisoning).

The Lakers (19-37), now in last place in the Western Conference, were without Kobe Bryant (knee), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) and Xavier Henry (knee). The team will travel to Indiana to play the Pacers (42-13) on Tuesday night.

Brooklyn will fly to Portland to visit the Blazers (38-18) on Wednesday.

Nets 86, Lakers 74 (end of third quarter)

Mirza Teletovic ended a Lakers' rally with a pair of three-pointers in the final minute of the third quarter to give the Nets a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Lakers had closed the gap to just six with a three-pointer from MarShon Brooks with 1:04 left on the clock.

Brooklyn got 22 points from Paul Pierce through three quarters, along with 19 from Deron Williams.

The Lakers were led by Pau Gasol and Kent Bazemore with 15 points each. Jodie Meeks contributed 14 as the Lakers shot 49.2% from the field and 46.2% from three-point range.

Brooklyn took 22 free throws to the Lakers' 14. The Nets also shot 52.6% from the field and 52.9% from three-point range.

Nets 63, Lakers 47 (halftime)