LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers look to avoid a
potentially disastrous homestand Tuesday when they face the
The Lakers had won three of four entering their current six-game
stretch at Staples Center but have lost three of the first
four, including a 104-102 overtime loss in their highly
anticipated matchup with Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat on
Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 42 points in 50 minutes but
missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in the
extra session as Los Angeles lost in overtime for the second
time during its homestand. The Lakers also dropped a 120-116
decision in overtime to the Washington Wizards.
The loss to the Heat dropped the Lakers to 0-10 when allowing at
least 100 points. Conversely, Los Angeles is 14-2 when
allowing fewer than 100.
That could be bad news for the Raptors, who have reached the
100-point plateau just twice in their last 12 games.
Jalen Rose scored 19 points off the bench and Chris Bosh added
18, but Toronto never led in a 106-94 loss to the Phoenix Suns
on Sunday. The setback dropped the Raptors to 2-3 since trading
All-Star Vince Carter to the New Jersey Nets.
The Lakers swept both contests with the Raptors last season and
have won five straight and eight of the last nine overall.