Kobe Bryant hit the tying 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in regulation, then dunked for the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds left in overtime, helping the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 118-116 on Friday night for their second straight come-from-behind win.
Two nights after rallying from 25 points down to win on the road at New Orleans, the Lakers came back from a 15-point deficit in regulation and a slow start in overtime to gain ground on Utah for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth. They also moved a game above .500.
Bryant finished with 41 points and 12 assists, making 14 of 16 free throws, and Dwight Howard had 24 points and 13 rebounds while going 6 of 13 from the free-throw line.
This was a huge come from behind win for the Lakers, as they now are only .5 game behind Utah who has lost three in a row. Los Angeles has definitely turned it around since the All-Star break, and if they can find a way to sneak into the playoffs, this team could surprise some people.
[information via Associated Press]