It took 3 1/2 months, and an overtime period on Friday, but the Lakers are over .500 again.
The All-Star guard scored 41 points, including a two-handed dunk over DeMar DeRozan to give the Lakers a 117-115 lead with 10.6 seconds to go. Bryant also led the Lakers with 12 assists.
Rudy Gay missed a 15-footer at the buzzer to seal the Lakers’ win.
The Lakers trailed for most of the game before Bryant hit a three-pointer with 4.4 seconds left to tie the score at 109. Gay also missed a jumper at the buzzer for Toronto in regulation that could have won the game.
Dwight Howad had 24 pionts and 13 rebounds while Steve Nash added 22 points for the Lakers.
DeRozan led the Raptors with 28 points.Kobe Bryant hit a three-pointer from the right wing with 4.4 seconds left to tie the score at 109.
He made three three-pointers in the final two minutes as the Lakers overcame a six-point deficit.
Bryant has 37 points as the game heads into overtime.
Rudy Gay had a chance to give the Raptors the victory, but he missed an 18-footer from the wing as time expired.
The Raptors padded their lead in the third quarter as DeMar DeRozan continued to dominate on the offensive end. He’s missed only two of 12 shots and leads Toronto with 22 points, while Rudy Gay has scored 17.
Kobe Bryant hit consecutive three-pointers, then stole the ball from Gay for layup to cut the Raptors’ lead to 83-73 with 3 1/2 minutes in the quarter.
Bryant had 11 points in the quarter and has 22 in the game.
The Raptors led by double digits for much of the quarter, when Dwight Howard also missed four consecutive free throws.
The Raptors shot 57.8% in the first half, with 15 points coming on fastbreaks.
But once Kobe Bryant returned to the game with about five minutes left in the second quarter, the Lakers cut into the Raptors’ double-digit lead.