Kobe Bryant scored eight of his 45 points in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 112-106 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night in Memphis.
Bryant "had a phenomenal game, but there's a point in the game where I had to slow him down a little bit," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "He got a little too excited about it. . . . Kobe was so into it, it was just his night."
It was the Grizzlies' first regular season game against Los Angeles since former Lakers star and general manager Jerry West came out of retirement to become president of Memphis's basketball operations in April.
West, who helped the Lakers to seven NBA championships -- one as a player -- was with Los Angeles for 40 years as a player, coach and executive.
Shaquille O'Neal had 33 points and 13 rebounds in 43 minutes, the longest he's been on the court since he returned from surgery on his right foot five games ago.
"I haven't played in three months," O'Neal said. "I've been on a treadmill. It will probably take me a couple of more games to get back to the original Diesel. But there's plenty of time."
* 76ERS 106, CAVALIERS 99: Just when Philadelphia was about to give away an easy win, Allen Iverson stole it back. Iverson had two steals and scored four points in a 23-second span late in the fourth quarter as the 76ers withstood Cleveland's comeback at Gund Arena.
The Cavaliers have lost 13 straight games.
Iverson finished with 29 points, but had to rescue the 76ers down the stretch when Cleveland chopped an 18-point deficit in the fourth down to two with 2 minutes 2 seconds remaining.
"Everything was clicking at one point, and then everything started to go wrong," Iverson said.
* PISTONS 96, BUCKS 91: Coach Rick Carlisle loves that his Detroit Pistons are 12-4. He just hates how they've been winning.
Richard Hamilton scored 20 points and Ben Wallace added 12 points and 21 rebounds at home.
Still, Carlisle wasn't pleased.
"To win a game and feel like things are automatically great just isn't the way to go," he said. "I'm glad we made some big plays, but the rest of it is just a mish-mash, especially defensively. We give up transition jump shots and layups like free cotton candy. It's a joke."
Carlisle didn't name names, but rookie Tayshaun Prince did not play in the fourth quarter despite a career-high 13 points. Hamilton played just four minutes in the final period.
* HAWKS 100, HEAT 94: The Hawks keep putting in for overtime. Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 29 points as Atlanta rallied from an 11-point deficit for an overtime victory in Atlanta.
The Hawks went beyond regulation for the third time in five games, including a double-overtime loss at Boston a week ago. They have won two overtime games since then -- their only victories in the last six games overall.
"This is teaching us how to win close games," said Atlanta's Glenn Robinson, who scored 24 points.
* RAPTORS 98, CELTICS 95: Morris Peterson scored a career-high 31 points and Vince Carter added 23 in his first start since Nov. 2 for the Raptors in Boston.
* JAZZ 95, TIMBERWOLVES 77: Matt Harpring set a career high for the second straight game with 33 points for host Utah.
Coming off his previous career-high of 30 points against the Clippers on Tuesday, Harpring made his first seven shots -- primarily against Kevin Garnett, who is four inches taller.
* WARRIORS 92, NUGGETS 82: Earl Boykins scored 20 points and had six of his sevens steals during a key run in the third quarter in Denver. Gilbert Arenas added 27 points and seven assists for Golden State, which won for just the third time in eight games.
* SUNS 94, SPURS 87: In Phoenix, Stephon Marbury scored 43 points, his biggest output since joining Phoenix before last season.
Marbury had a team-record 26 points in the fourth quarter in his biggest game since he scored a career-high 50 for New Jersey on Feb. 13, 2001.
* KINGS 107, CLIPPERS 94: Bobby Jackson scored a career-high 31 points, and Doug Christie added a season-high 25 in Sacramento.
With Peja Stojakovic and Hedo Turkoglu joining three injured teammates, Sacramento dressed the NBA-minimum eight players.
* ROCKETS 83, SUPERSONICS 72: Steve Francis had a streaky night but scored 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter in visiting Houston's win.