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Lakers beat Toronto ... barely, 94-92

February 12, 2012 | 12:51 pm


The Lakers avoided failure against another undermanned team on their annual Grammy trip.

They beat the Toronto Raptors, 94-92, despite losing an 18-point lead Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

With Toronto trailing by one, Rasual Butler was called for a five-second violation while trying to inbound the ball with 4.2 seconds left.

Kobe Bryant made one of two free throws at the other end, and DeMar DeRozan's three-point attempt as time expired gave the Lakers the victory.

Pau Gasol had one of his fastest starts of the season, totaling eight points, five rebounds and four assists as the Lakers took a 34-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. It was the most points the Lakers scored in the first quarter all season.

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Gasol finished with 16 points, 17 rebounds and six assists.

Andrew Bynum had 14 points and nine rebounds after being a total non-factor in the Lakers' 92-85 loss Friday against New York. The Knicks played that game without Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.

Bryant had an off night shooting, making nine of 23 attempts, though he hit a 17-foot fadeaway from the right side to give the Lakers a 93-92 edge with 4.2 seconds left.

The Raptors (9-20) played without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani, who sat out because of a strained left calf. Bargnani was averaging 23.5 points. Point guard Jose Calderon had 30 points and six assists.

The Lakers (16-12) finished 3-3 on their season-long six-game trip.


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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives against Raptors guard Jose Calderon in the first half Sunday in Toronto. Credit: Nathan Denette / Canadian Press / Associated Press