LOS ANGELES, March 15 (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant scored 37 of his 38 points after halftime and set up Gary Payton's go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:45 left in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied for a 113-110 triumph over the Orlando Magic.

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Bryant was 0-for-4 in the first half as Orlando opened a 61-50 advantage. The Magic built their lead to 19 points and took a 88-73 lead into the fourth quarter before Bryant took over on both ends.

Coach Phil Jackson felt using Bryant on McGrady would hurt the Lakers' offense and was hesitant to make the move until Bryant convinced him otherwise.

"He wanted to guard Tracy McGrady coming out that halftime," Jackson said. "I told him I didn't want you expending all your energy guarding McGrady and not have enough to finish this game offensively. But he really scored most of points while he was guarding McGrady."

Again wearing a protective shirt beneath his jersey to harness his sprained right shoulder, Bryant scored 24 of Los Angeles' 29 fourth-quarter points. He was dominant throughout the fourth quarter on both ends, helping the Lakers rally from a huge deficit vs. Orlando for the second time this season.

"I wanted to get something going," Bryant explained. "I felt like we were coasting, not offensively, but defensively. So I took on the chance to take on Tracy. Phil was a little hesitant because he said he needed my offense but I assured him I could do both. It was very fun."

Bryant forced overtime by going around three defenders for a layup with 41.5 seconds left. He made 13-of-26 shots but his biggest play may have been a pass to Payton that led to an open 3-pointer from the right side that gave Los Angeles the lead for good at 113-110.

"We have done it before against much better ballclubs and against a much larger deficit," Bryant said. "So there was really no need to panic."

"It wasn't our best ballgame, but it certainly was exciting," Jackson added. "We needed all the energy the crowd could give us and the play that Kobe had in him tonight as a basketball player. He was exceptional in the second half."

McGrady dominanted Bryant most of the first three quarters as he scored 37 points. But he scored just five points in fourth, made just 13-of-32 shots overall and could not get off a potential game-winning shot in time at the end of regulation.

McGrady guarded Bryant until picking up his fifth foul with 3:05 remaining and Orlando clinging to a 102-95 lead. With Orlando coach Johnny Davis not taking the chance of McGrady fouling out, Bryant hit a pair of free throws, a 3-pointer and a short jumper before driving past three defenders to tie the game.

"I thought he did a good job on both ends," Davis said of Bryant. "I thought he really competed and contested and made Tracy work a lot harder in the fourth quarter and the overtime. He also scored big for them when they needed him."

McGrady did little in overtime, often giving the ball up to teammates. But after DeShawn Stevenson's basket forged a 110-110 tie with 2:05 remaining, McGrady, Tyronn Lue and Stevenson missed shots that could have tied the game or given Orlando a lead.

"I wasn't going to continue shooting the ball like that because the defensive pressure from them was going to step up," McGrady said. "I knew at some point in time the Lakers were going to make a big run."

"We played a simliar game in Orlando where they kind of did the same thing and made a late charge on us," said Davis, whose team blew an 18-point lead against the Lakers on February 8.

Playing at full strength for just 24th time this season and first time at home since December 21, the Lakers also got a huge game from Shaquille O'Neal, who finished with 27 points and 23 rebounds.