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Mar 9, 2013 1:37 AM by Bill Halter, AP

Kobe is the hero as Lakers win in overtime


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant hit the tying 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in regulation, then dunked for the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds left in overtime, helping the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 118-116 on Friday night for their second straight come-from-behind win.

Two nights after rallying from 25 points down to win on the road at New Orleans, the Lakers came back from a 15-point deficit in regulation and a slow start in overtime to gain ground on Utah for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth. They also moved a game above .500.

Bryant finished with 41 points and 12 assists, making 14 of 16 free throws, and Dwight Howard had 24 points and 13 rebounds.

DeMar DeRozan led six Toronto players in double figures with 28 points. Starter Andrea Bargnani left the game with a strained right elbow in the first quarter.

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