Kobe Bryant hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and finished with 39 points as the Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings, 109-108, last night in Los Angeles.
Lamar Odom had a season-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the NBA-leading Lakers (26-6). Pau Gasol had 17 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 assists - one of which set up Bryant’s clutch basket from in front of the Sacramento bench.
Spencer Hawes had a career-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Kings, Omri Casspi scored 23 points, and Beno Udrih added 19 points and 13 assists.
The Lakers came out flat, shooting 37 percent from the field in the first half and trailing, 64-49, at intermission. The Kings had the highest-scoring half by a Lakers opponent this season.
The sellout crowd at Staples Center booed the Lakers loudly after Jon Brockman’s layup gave Sacramento a 38-23 lead with 9:12 left in the second quarter. The Kings built the lead to 52-32 with a 3-pointer by Ime Udoka that capped a 26-9 run with 5:06 left in the half.
The last time the Lakers won a game in which they trailed by 20 or more points was Dec. 12, 2006, when they erased a 21-point deficit and beat Houston in double overtime.
Knicks 112, Hawks 108 - Nate Robinson scored 11 of his 41 points in overtime in a dramatic return to New York’s lineup, and the Knicks won in Atlanta for the second time this season.
Playing for the first time since Dec. 1, Robinson entered the game with 3:01 remaining in the opening period. He made 18 of 24 shots from the field, came within 4 points of his career high, and had eight assists.
Robinson had 30 points in regulation and then dominated the overtime by scoring 11 of the Knicks’ 13 points. Three of his baskets in the extra period gave New York a lead, including a 3-point play with 2:09 remaining for a 108-105 advantage.
Wilson Chandler added 24 points for New York.
Joe Johnson had 28 points for Atlanta, which has lost three straight for the first time this season. Josh Smith had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Al Horford had 22 points and 19 rebounds for the Hawks, who had only 12 points off the bench.
Magic 106, Timberwolves 94 - Rashard Lewis scored 21 points and Matt Barnes added 17 to help Orlando snap a three-game road losing streak.
Jonny Flynn led Minnesota with 23 points, Kevin Love added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Al Jefferson had 14 points and 10 rebounds.