NEW YORK (AP) _ Brook Lopez had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and Brooklyn kept up its playoff push with its third straight victory.

Joe Johnson added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Nets, who moved a half-game ahead of Boston and Indiana for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics lost 119-106 to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Brooklyn won for the fifth time in six games to give itself a chance at a third straight post-season berth after an underwhelming first half of the season.

Reserve Jordan Hill had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers, who played without Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer because of upper respiratory infections, while Ed Davis was rested with Hill returning from a three-game absence.

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