LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 10 of his 22 points in a dynamic fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from behind in the final three minutes for their 12th win in 13 games, 84-80 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
Derek Fisher made back-to-back steals to put the Lakers ahead before hitting a clinching jumper with 10 seconds left.
Bryant did the rest despite his sprained ankle and sore jaw, highlighted by a picture-perfect fallaway jumper with 32 seconds to play.
The Lakers played without starting center Andrew Bynum, who was suspended two games by the NBA on Sunday for his flagrant foul on Minnesota’s Michael Beasley two days earlier.
Nicolas Batum scored 22 of his 25 points in the first three quarters for the Blazers.
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