NBA Game Summary - Dallas at LA Lakers
(Sunday, March 2nd)
Final Score: LA Lakers 108, Dallas 104 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 52 points -- 20 of them on free throws -- and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers edged the Dallas Mavericks in overtime, 108-104, at the Staples Center.
The Lakers led by as many as six in the extra session, but with 15.3 seconds left center Pau Gasol only made the first of two free throws to put LA's advantage at 105-102.
Dirk Nowitzki got the rebound, and on the ensuing Dallas possession, Jason Kidd drove through the lane for a layup and was fouled by Gasol -- though Gasol seemed incredulous at the call.
Kidd, however, failed to tie the game, bouncing the ball off the front of the rim, and Bryant came down with the ball. He was fouled with 9.4 ticks left, and made both to restore LA's three-point edge at 107-104.
The Mavericks set up a shot for Nowitzki -- the same kind of setup that sent the game to overtime -- but Nowitzki's attempt was well off the mark. Lamar Odom made a free throw with 2.5 seconds left to seal the game.
"Offense is not going to win you big games," Bryant said. "Defense wins games. We didn't give them any good shots."
Gasol finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has won 11 of 12.
Kidd had 15 points and 11 assists for the Mavericks, who have lost two of three. Nowitzki had totals of 30 points and 13 rebounds, and made a game-tying three in the final seconds of regulation.
In the last minute of regulation, with the Lakers ahead by a point, Bryant turned the ball over on an attempted pass in the post. Nowitzki came away with the ball, and the Mavs called a timeout with 28.5 ticks left.
But Dallas wasn't able to run a set play on the inbound pass, as Nowitzki was stripped by Bryant. Kidd got to the ball and made a quick pass to Jerry Stackhouse on the right wing, but his three-point attempt was blocked by Gasol.
Players scrambled for the loose ball, with the Lakers getting to it first. There was little coordination as LA got the ball down court, and Odom was fouled going up for a hasty layup with 6.9 seconds left.
He missed both, but Bryant got the rebound, was fouled and went to the line with 6.1 on the clock. He made both for a 93-90 edge. But on Dallas' final possession, Nowitzki came off a screen and drained a three from the top of the arc with two seconds left.
Terry had 18 points, while Erick Dampier scored 16 and hauled in 17 boards until fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Bryant's 27 free throw attempts tied a career high for the Lakers, and he singlehandedly outperformed the Mavs at the line. Dallas was 17-of-25 on free throws as a team.
"We single-teamed, double-teamed, and triple-teamed Kobe," Mavericks head coach Avery Johnson. "But he split the triple teams, he didn't cooperate with any of our defensemen."
Los Angeles took a 29-23 lead at the end of the first, as Jordan Farmar made a three, and Luke Walton sank the second of two free throws to end the quarter. The Mavs stayed close, but a 12-0 Lakers run in the middle of the second stanza put LA in control.
Bryant started it with a three and had five points, and Derek Fisher ended it with a pair of free throws, pushing LA's lead to 47-35 with 4:22 left in the half.
But the Lakers wasted the lead, scoring three points the rest of the quarter. Dallas used the scoring drought to trim its deficit to 50-47 at the break. The Mavericks took a 68-65 lead into the fourth quarter, which came down to the final few possessions.
The season series between the teams is even at one game apiece, and continues on March 18 at Dallas...Dallas shot 36.9 percent overall, but 40.7 percent (11-of-27) from three-point range...LA had a 37.9 shooting percentage, and was just 5-of-23 (21.7 percent) beyond the arc.
03/02 19:59:44 ET