Bryant lifts Lakers with last-second shot
Lakers 109, Raptors 107 (final)
The Lakers had not lost four consecutive games since April 2007, but that's what they were staring at Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center.
The Lakers were coming off a trip in which they lost all three games, at Miami, Charlotte and Orlando. And it took a jumper by Kobe Bryant with 1.9 seconds left Tuesday night for the Lakers to get past the Raptors, end the losing streak and get back to their winning ways.
After Chris Bosh made a three-pointer to tie the score, 107-107, with 9.5 seconds left, the Lakers called a timeout.
Pau Gasol passed to Bryant, who dribbled to the baseline to the right of the basket, rose up over a double-team and sank a 17-foot jumper for the victory.
Bryant finished with 32 points.
The Lakers were so frustrated that they got two technical fouls called against them after the third quarter was over.
Gasol, upset because he didn't get a foul call on a weak offensive move, was called for a technical after complaining to the officials by waving his arm.
Then assistant coach Frank Hamblen was called for a technical foul as the third quarter ended.
That's how it was going for the Lakers.
-- Broderick Turner