Kobe Bryant was at his incredible best last night, scoring a career-high 62 points in just three quarters to lead the host Lakers over the Dallas Mavericks, 112-90.
Bryant, who brought a 31.3-point average into the game, shot 18 of 31, including 4 of 10 from 3-point range, and made 22 of 25 foul shots while playing only 33 minutes.
Bryant scored 15 points in the first quarter, 17 in the second, and a franchise-record 30 in the third before taking a seat for good with the Lakers leading, 95-61.
The previous Lakers record for points in a quarter was 24 shared by Bryant and Hall of Famers Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.
The NBA record for points in a quarter is 33 by George Gervin for San Antonio in 1978.
Bryant's total is the sixth-highest in club history and the most for the Lakers since Chamberlain scored 66 at Phoenix Feb. 9, 1969.
Bryant matched his previous career high of 56 points by making two free throws with 1:02 left in the third quarter. He went on to score 6 more points in the period, capping his amazing night by making a long 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left.
Bryant then called it a night.
Nobody else scored in double figures for the Lakers, who won for the eighth time in 10 games. Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points to lead the Mavericks.
Pistons 93, Trail Blazers 89 -- Richard Hamilton scored 23 points and Tayshaun Prince added 21 to lead the Detroit over Portland in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Pistons improved to an NBA-best 20-3, the best 23-game record in franchise history, with their fifth straight win.
Zach Randolph scored a career-high 37 points for the Trail Blazers, who made a strong showing but fell to 7-17, the worst record in the Western Conference.
Bucks 109, Spurs 107 -- Rookie Andrew Bogut made a fadeaway jumper as time expired to give host Milwaukee the overtime victory. The No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft also scored the tying basket with 14 seconds left in overtime and finished with 19 points.
Maurice Williams scored 28 points for the Bucks and Tim Duncan had a season-high 34 points for the Spurs before fouling out with 22 seconds left in overtime.
Heat 111, Hawks 92 -- Shaquille O'Neal hit his first eight shots and finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds in only 24 minutes, and Miami beat Atlanta in Riley's first home game since replacing Stan Van Gundy as coach.
Gary Payton added 15 points, Dwyane Wade shook off an early injury to score 14, and Antoine Walker had 13 for Miami, which is 4-1 under Riley.
Suns 111, SuperSonics 83 -- Shawn Marion scored 29 points to lead five Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns rolled past visiting Seattle.
Ray Allen, who scored 26 for Seattle, sank four 3-pointers to move past Glen Rice into third on the NBA career list with 1,662.
Nets 99, Clippers 85 -- Vince Carter scored 35 points and added 9 assists and 7 rebounds, leading host New Jersey over Los Angeles for its season-high third straight victory.
Cavaliers 110, Jazz 85 -- LeBron James scored 25 points and took an early seat on the bench after the Cleveland used a flurry of 3-pointers in the third quarter to rout visiting Utah.
Bobcats 105, Bulls 92 -- Brevin Knight shook off a bruised right forearm and finished with 20 points and 10 assists, as Charlotte won in Chicago.