Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, including a layup with 33 seconds left in overtime, as the Los Angeles Lakers ended a three-game losing streak with a 109-107 victory yesterday over the Toronto Raptors.
Shaquille O'Neal added 31 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who barely escaped Toronto with a win. The Raptors were without injured all-star Vince Carter and leading rebounder Antonio Davis.
"We're just treading water right now," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.
Morris Peterson had a team-high 27 points for the Raptors, who have lost three straight and seven of eight.
Peterson's three-pointer with 9.2 seconds left in regulation appeared to give Toronto a one-point lead, but official Michael Henderson ruled it a two.
"He didn't make any calls. He missed them all," Raptors Coach Lenny Wilkens said.
Toronto's Lindsey Hunter also complained about the officials, saying they "just don't want us to win" late in the fourth quarter.
Rick Fox's layup gave Los Angeles a 106-104 lead with 2 minutes 12 seconds left in overtime, but Jerome Williams grabbed an offensive rebound, dunked and converted a three-point play, giving Toronto a 107-106 lead with 1:52 left.
After Peterson's pass deflected off Alvin Williams's hand, Bryant picked up the ball and made a layup, giving Los Angeles a 108-107 lead with 33 seconds left.
Robert Horry then made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 109-107 with 8.5 seconds left.
* JAZZ 103, GRIZZLIES 74: Karl Malone and Matt Harpring scored 17 points each to lead visiting Utah. The loss snapped Memphis's five-game home winning streak. Utah has won two straight, both on the road, following a four-game losing streak.
* HEAT 92, KNICKS 84: In New York, Eddie Jones scored 22 points and Mike James added a career-high 17 to lead Miami. Malik Allen added 17 points and James scored 11 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, which won its third straight for the first time this season.
* KINGS 103, WARRIORS 88: Chris Webber had 20 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks, leading host Sacramento. It was the Kings' 12th straight win over the Warriors.