Kobe Leads Lakers Over Raptors
Posted Nov 18 2006 3:53AM
L.A. Lakers 107, Toronto 100
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (AP)-- Kobe Bryant had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the last-place Toronto Raptors 107-100 Friday night, when Bryant went over the 17,000-point mark.
Bryant torched the Raptors for 81 points - second-most in NBA history - last January. This time, he had help. Luke Walton added 12 points, Smush Parker had 11 and Lamar Odom 10 in the Lakers' first game in four days.
Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 17,000 points, going over the mark in the second quarter with a 16-foot jumper from the right baseline off a pass from rookie Jordan Farmar.
At 28 years and 86 days, Bryant got there faster than Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former teammate Shaquille O'Neal.
Farmar hit a 3-pointer and a one-handed driving layup on consecutive possessions and Bryant added four in a row to key an 11-2 run that gave the Lakers a 97-90 lead in a back-and-forth final period.
But the Raptors answered with consecutive 3-pointers by Peterson and Bosh that cut the Lakers' lead to one with under three minutes remaining.
Things got messy at the end, with Los Angeles clinging to a 102-98 lead. Odom stole the ball from Bosh, but he missed. Parker rebounded, but Bryant missed before Kwame Brown grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made one of two free throws with 28 seconds to go.
Garbajosa scored to draw the Raptors within three with 20 seconds left. But Calderon stepped out of bounds and turned the ball over. Bryant made two trips to the free throw line and hit all four to close things out.
The Lakers' nine-point lead from the first half disappeared in the third quarter. Ford scored 10 points and Jones added nine for the Raptors, who took their first lead of the game before the Lakers went back up by two heading into the fourth.
Notes: Miami's O'Neal will undergo knee surgery and miss four to six weeks, likely keeping him out of the Christmas Day game against the Lakers. ``We'll miss Santa,'' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. ``They should change the schedule and let us stay home for Christmas.'' ... Lakers starting F Lamar Odom and reserve Brian Cook were tardy arriving to the arena, which Jackson duly noted by writing their names and the word late on the greaseboard in the locker room. ... The game was a franchise-record eighth in a row that the Raptors faced an opponent with a .500 or better record. They were 2-6 in that stretch.
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