Kobe Bryant, who chipped a tooth late in regulation, scored 45 points Friday night as the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 96-89 overtime victory over the visiting San Francisco Warriors.
Robert Horry had seven of his nine points and Bryant added four in overtime for the Lakers, still without Shaquille O'Neal. The Warriors went the final 4 minutes 9 seconds with a field goal.
The victory kept Coach Phil Jackson from losing five in a row for the first time since 1994, and also kept the three-time defending NBA champions out of the Pacific Division cellar.
Golden State's Jason Richardson hit a three-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining to tie it at 85 in regulation. After Gilbert Arenas's three-point try bounced off the rim, Antawn Jamison rebounded and quickly fed Jamison, who stepped behind the line on the left side and made the pressure shot.
As the Lakers inbounded the ball after a timeout, Bryant collided face-to-face with Jamison, with Jamison's forehead banging Bryant in the mouth. Both players went down and the pass bounced out of bounds.
Bryant, passing less and shooting more since his teammate haven't been hitting shots during the losing streak, was 18 of 40 from the field. The only other Los Angeles scorer in double figures was Samaki Walker with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Hubie Brown would have preferred a better result.
Wally Szczerbiak scored six of his 22 points in the final two minutes last night as the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Memphis Grizzlies, 99-95, ruining Brown's return to the sidelines.
The loss was the ninth in a row for the Grizzlies, the only winless team in the league. It was their first game under the direction of Brown, who is back coaching after a 16-year break.
Memphis trailed by only one point with 28 seconds left, but Szczerbiak hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to give the Timberwolves a 97-93 lead.
Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with 28 points. Memphis also finished with 20 offensive rebounds to seven for Minnesota.
Brown, the NBA coach of the year in 1978, joined the Grizzlies after former coach Sidney Lowe resigned following a 108-101 loss to the Golden State Warriors for a 0-8 start.
Brown, who coached for the Atlanta Hawks and the New York Knicks, left coaching in 1987 and spent the past 15 years as a TV basketball analyst and director of coaching clinics.
* PACERS 103, BUCKS 100: Ron Artest scored 22 points and made the game-winning three-point play in overtime, keeping Indiana unbeaten at home and atop the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers -- 7-1 overall and 6-0 at Conseco Fieldhouse -- have won six straight since losing at New Jersey on Nov. 1.
* SUNS 88, ROCKETS 87: Stephon Marbury scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including a soaring layup with 6.3 seconds left in Phoenix.
* MAVERICKS 97, CELTICS 86: Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 32 points and Dallas, the NBA's only unbeaten team, improved to 9-0 with a win in Boston.
* RAPTORS 84, NUGGETS 79: Voshon Lenard scored 19 points and Antonio Davis added 18, the two combining for host Toronto's final 12 points.
* PISTONS 86, JAZZ 75: Richard Hamilton scored 25 points and Chauncey Billips 17 as Detroit improved to 4-0 at home.
* HORNETS 105, BULLS 87: Baron Davis and David Wesley scored 22 points apiece to lead host New Orleans.
* SUPERSONICS 111, KINGS 97: Desmond Mason had 20 points and tied a career high with 17 rebounds, leading six players in double figures as host Seattle snapped Sacramento's three-game winning streak.
* NETS 93, HEAT 84: Jason Kidd scored 33 points to lead New Jersey in Miami.
* TRAIL BLAZERS 112, CLIPPERS 88: Derek Anderson returned from a four-game absence, started at point guard and had 28 points and nine rebounds for host Portland.