Kobe Bryant hit a 15-footer as time expired and scored the game's final seven points over the last 1:18 of overtime to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-106 victory over the host Milwaukee Bucks last night.
Bryant, who had 27 of his 39 points in the second half and overtime, missed a shot from nearly the same spot from the left elbow that would have won it at the buzzer to end regulation.
Given a second chance, he backed down Charlie Bell again and drained the jumper to start the celebration.
Pau Gasol had 26 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for the Lakers (20-4), who tied Boston for the best record in the NBA with their 13th win in the last 14 games.
The Bucks were led by Michael Redd's 25 points.
In other games:
* At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 26 points as the Hawks defeated Memphis, 110-97, for their fifth straight win.
* At Orlando, Dwight Howard had 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks, and the Magic spoiled Hedo Turkoglu's return to Orlando with a 118-99 victory over Toronto. Turkoglu scored 14 points and got a mixed reception in the arena where he was a fan favorite before being traded in the offseason.
* At East Rutherford, N.J., Carlos Boozer had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Deron Williams added 20 points and 14 assists to lead Utah over the Nets, 108-92.
* At Indianapolis, Troy Murphy had 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 101-98 victory over Charlotte.
* At New Orleans, David West had a season-high 32 points and 12 rebounds, helping the Hornets overcome a 16-point deficit en route to a 95-87 win over Detroit.
* At Oklahoma City, Dirk Nowitzki had 35 points and 11 rebounds to lead Dallas to a 100-86 win over the Thunder.
* At Minneapolis, Chris Kaman had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Camby had 10 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 120-95 victory over Minnesota.
* At Denver, Carmelo Anthony's 38 points led the Nuggets to a 111-101 win over Houston.
* At Oakland, Calif., Tim Duncan had 27 points and 15 rebounds as San Antonio defeated Golden State, 103-91.
* Golden State center Mikki Moore will be sidelined indefinitely with bone spurs in his right heel. The team announced that Moore will have surgery later this week. Also, head coach Don Nelson returned after missing a five-game road trip while recovering from pneumonia.
* Former NBA center Chris Dudley formally announced he is running for Oregon governor. Dudley played 16 years in the NBA, including two stints with Portland.
* Mikhail Prokhorov, the richest man in Russia is another step closer to owning the New Jersey Nets.