Kobe Bryant scored 38 points and the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from a humbling Christmas Day loss to Cleveland by beating the Kings, 112-103, last night in double overtime in Sacramento.
After Lamar Odom opened the second overtime with a putback basket, Bryant connected on a pair of 3-pointers to put the Lakers in front, 109-103, with 2:37 left. Los Angeles outscored the Kings, 11-2, in the second OT.
Beno Udrih scored 23 points for the Kings, who held the Lakers scoreless in the final 3:35 of the fourth quarter to force overtime. Tyreke Evans added 18 points.
The youthful Kings were stagnant on offense late in the first overtime and it carried over into the second, when their only basket was a driving layup by Evans with 3:01 remaining.
After the Kings scored the first 7 points in the first overtime, they went scoreless over the final 2:40 as the Lakers rallied. Gasol tipped in a missed shot by Derek Fisher from close range, tying the game at 101 with .04 seconds left.
Seemingly bothered by a sore right arm, Bryant missed all four shots in the fourth quarter, when he began passing and shooting with his left. Yet Bryant did slap the ball away from Evans in the closing seconds as the Kings never got a shot off, forcing the first overtime with a 94-94 tie.
Hawks 110, Pacers 98 - Atlanta relied on its rugged inside tandem of Al Horford and Josh Smith to overwhelm sluggish Indiana in Indianapolis.
Horford finished with 25 points and a season-high 19 rebounds. Smith had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.
Jazz 97, 76ers 76 - Deron Williams scored 27 points, Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Utah returned home to beat struggling Philadelphia.
The Jazz held the Sixers scoreless for nearly nine minutes late in the second half and used an 11-0 run during Philadelphia’s drought to pull away and end a two-game losing streak.
Mavericks 106, Grizzlies 101 - Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points over the first three quarters, then watched Jason Terry and Josh Howard carry host Dallas the rest of the way in beating Memphis.
Terry scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Howard had 8 of his 11, to make sure the Mavericks got a split of their four-game homestand.
Warriors 132, Suns 127 - Corey Maggette scored a season-high 33 points and Monta Ellis added 33 points and 10 assists as host Golden State ended a seven-game skid by topping Phoenix.
Spurs 112, Bucks 97 - Tim Duncan scored 26 points and San Antonio never trailed in a victory over host Milwaukee.
Bulls 96, Hornets 85 - Tyrus Thomas returned from injury to score 21 points in leading host Chicago past New Orleans. Thomas missed 22 games with a broken left forearm.
Timberwolves 101, Wizards 89 - Corey Brewer scored 23 of his career-high 27 points in the second half as host Minnesota routed Washington.
Rockets 98, Nets 93 - Reserve Carl Landry scored 26 points to lead visiting Houston, sending New Jersey to its ninth straight loss.
Thunder 98, Bobcats 91 - Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Russell Westbrook had 22 to help host Oklahoma City hold off Charlotte.