Bryant's Lakers edge Carter's Raptors

Posted: Monday, December 18, 2000

TORONTO -- Kobe Bryant, facing Vince Carter for the first time this year, scored 40 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 104-101 in overtime Sunday.

Toronto overcame a 15-point deficit with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, but Byrant made two free throws with 19 seconds remaining in overtime, giving Los Angeles a four-point lead.

Carter scored 31 points, but missed 22 of 31 shots from the field in the matchup of two of the NBA's biggest young stars. Bryant shot 14 for 29.

Byrant made two baskets to give Los Angeles a 15-point lead with 4:53 remaining, but Toronto went on a 17-2 run. Antonio Davis scored eight points, Carter made a 3-pointer and Alvin Williams hit a free throw, narrowing Los Angeles' lead to two points with 59 seconds remaining in regulation.

After Carter missed an 18-footer, Shaquille O'Neil missed two free throws with 12.4 second remaining.

Carter was fouled as he missed a fadeaway jumper and two free throws tied it 91 with 4.6 seconds left.

Carter then blocked Bryant's 3-point attempt at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.

Williams' jumper gave Toronto a two-point lead, but Los Angeles went on a 6-0 run as O'Neil made an alley-oop layup, and Bryant and Robert Horry each made layups.

Magic 101, Grizzlies 91

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Tracy McGrady scored 15 of his 27 points in the third quarter and had eight rebounds and eight assists as Orlando dealt Vancouver its sixth straight loss and fourth in a row at home.

John Amaechi scored 18 points and Michael Doleac added 16 for the Magic.

Mike Bibby scored 19 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies.

Knicks 100, Bucks 97, OT

NEW YORK -- Glen Rice had a season-high 32 points and 14 rebounds and New York overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter to beat Milwaukee for the seventh straight time.

Allan Houston finished with 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting. Marcus Camby added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks.

Glenn Robinson led Milwaukee with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ray Allen had 18 and Tim Thomas added 17. Lindsey Hunter finished with 14 as Milwaukee had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Mavericks 99, Pistons 90

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and Christian Laettner had 16 against his old team as the Dallas handed Detroit its second straight home loss.

Dallas' Steve Nash had 16 points and nine assists, while Michael Finley had 13 points and eight assists.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 24 points, Joe Smith added 20 points and a season-best 13 rebounds for Detroit, which has dropped four of its last five games.

Kings 95, Nets 79

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Chris Webber had 33 points and 12 rebounds as Sacramento won for the ninth time in 12 games in continuing their best start.

Doug Christie added 18 points and Vlade Divac 12 for the Kings.

Stephon Marbury, limited to six points in the first half, finished with 17 points for the Nets, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

Wizards 103, Clippers 94

LOS ANGELES -- Juwan Howard scored a season-high 31 points and Richard Hamilton tied a career high with 30 in a reserve role as Washington snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Washington's losing streak, which included four games decided by six points or less and two by 20 or more, was its longest since a 13-game skid during the 1994-95 season.

Rod Strickland had 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Wizards, who committed a season-low eight turnovers.

Lamar Odom had 20 points for the Clippers, who have lost nine of 12 to the Wizards.



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