|The Lakers' Kobe Bryant goes up for 2 of his 53 points against the Rockets. He added 10 rebounds and eight assists. (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS)|
Kobe's 53 pace LA in 2 OTs
Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 53 points, making 14 of 16 free throws, and the Lakers rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets, 112-101, in double overtime last night in Los Angeles.
The Lakers trailed until the final 1 1/2 minutes of regulation, then squeaked out a back-and-forth first overtime before scoring the first 9 points of the second OT to pull away.
Bryant's 13th career game of 50 or more points came against Yao Ming, who led the Rockets with 35 points, 15 rebounds, and a career-high 8 blocked shots.
Bryant added 10 rebounds and eight assists in the Lakers' first overtime game of the season.
Smush Parker added 17 points for the Lakers, including two consecutive baskets on assists from Bryant that helped force the first overtime.
Suns 105, Warriors 101 -- Boris Diaw's fifth career triple-double helped Phoenix run its winning streak to 13 games -- one shy of the club record -- with a victory over visiting Golden State.
The Suns led by 25 early in the second quarter, but blew most of it by halftime and trailed by as many as 8 in the third quarter.
Diaw had 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists in his first triple-double after four in his breakout season a year ago. Amare Stoudemire had 25 points for Phoenix.
Wizards 106, Heat 95 -- Washington took advantage of a depleted Miami lineup (minus Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal) to blow the game open in the first quarter.
The Wizards ended a 16-game losing streak to their Southeast Division rivals and got their first win in the series since Michael Jordan led a 91-87 victory in Miami April 11, 2003.
Caron Butler scored a season-high 30 points and had nine rebounds, and Gilbert Arenas had 27 points, snapping his streak of five consecutive games with 30 or more.
Raptors 90, Nets 78 -- T.J. Ford had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists to lead host Toronto to its second straight win without Chris Bosh.
Ford had 10 points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, who put six players in double figures while improving to 2-2 without their leading scorer, who has an injured left knee.
Former Raptor Vince Carter (12 points) was booed every time he touched the ball.
Mavericks 93, 76ers 79 -- Jason Terry scored 18 points and Dallas built a big early lead against visiting Philadelphia, which was without Allen Iverson and Chris Webber and lost its 10th straight.
Philadelphia has lost the last five games since Iverson, the 2001 NBA MVP and the face of the franchise for 11 seasons, demanded a trade and was sent home by the 76ers while they try to fulfill his request.
Bulls 117, Bucks 111 -- Ben Wallace grabbed a season-high 27 rebounds and added 10 points to lead host Chicago, which has won 10 of its last 11 games.
Ruben Patterson had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, finishing three assists shy of his first career triple-double.
Cavaliers 106, SuperSonics 84 -- Larry Hughes scored 25 points, LeBron James (22 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists) flirted with his first triple-double this season, and host Cleveland coasted past Seattle.
Hughes, making his second straight start after missing 10 games with a sprained ankle, went 11 of 16 from the floor.
Pacers 112, Knicks 96 -- Danny Granger scored a career-high 25 points and host Indiana hit a season-high 12 3-pointers.
Kings 98, Jazz 97 -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 21 points, including a 3-pointer in the final minute, and visiting Sacramento rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Utah.
Hawks 97, Grizzlies 88 -- Zaza Pachulia scored 22 points, Speedy Claxton added 19 points and 11 assists, and Atlanta ruined Pau Gasol's season debut for host Memphis.
Trail Blazers 109, Clippers 99 -- Zach Randolph had 26 points and seven rebounds, and host Portland beat Los Angeles Clippers.