LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored nine of his 28 points in the last 7 1/2 minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat the New York Knicks 116-114 on Tuesday night.
Trevor Ariza scored the go-ahead basket with 1:03 remaining to give the Lakers (21-3) their 14th win in 16 games.
Nate Robinson, who scored a season-high 33 points, had a chance to give New York the lead, but missed a short jumper with about 12 seconds to play. Two foul shots by Derek Fisher with 6.4 seconds left made it 115-112, and the Lakers then intentionally fouled Robinson, who made two foul shots with 3.8 seconds left to make it a one-point game.
Fisher made another foul shot with 2.7 seconds left, and Chris Duhon missed a desperation shot from the backcourt as time expired.
The Lakers played without Pau Gasol, who has strep throat. Gasol, averaging 18.0 points and 9.3 rebounds, came to Staples Center for the game, but was sent home. Lamar Odom made his first start of the season in Gasol’s place and had season-high totals of 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Fisher had 15 points and a season-high seven assists; Luke Walton scored a season-high 14 points, Ariza added 13, and Andrew Bynum had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lakers outrebounded the Knicks 49-38 and shot 47.4 percent to New York’s 45.7 percent. The Knicks made 13 of 31 3-pointers to 6-of-23 for Los Angeles.
David Lee had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Quentin Richardson also scored 18 points for New York. Tim Thomas scored 13 points, Duhon had 12 points and 11 assists, and Al Harrington also scored 12 for the Knicks (11-14), who played without backup forward Jared Jeffries.
Bryant’s 19-foot jumper with 1:38 left gave the Lakers a 111-109 lead, but Robinson made a 3-pointer 20 seconds later to give the Knicks a one-point lead. Ariza then scored off a pass from Odom with 1:03 to go, putting Los Angeles on top for good.
Bryant scored seven points during an 11-2 run that put the Lakers on top 103-101 with 5:18 remaining — their first lead since the first quarter. Neither team led by more than four points after that.
Rockets 108, Nuggets 96
In Houston, Tracy McGrady notched his fourth career triple-double and first this season and Yao Ming scored 32 points to help the Rockets beat Denver.
McGrady had 20 points and reached season highs in rebounds (14) and assists (10) for his first triple-double since last December. Ron Artest scored 20 points off the bench and backup point guard Aaron Brooks added 18 points for the Rockets, who’ve won five of their last seven games despite a seemingly unending rash of injuries.
Hornets 91, Grizzlies 84
In Memphis, Chris Paul had 18 points, nine assists and five steals and James Posey scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as New Orleans snapped the Grizzlies’ season-high, four-game winning streak.
Clippers 98, Thunder 88
In Oklahoma City, Zach Randolph had 22 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, and rookie Eric Gordon fueled a 10-point run in the fourth quarter for Los Angeles.
Bobcats 110, Bulls 101 (OT)
In Charlotte, D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 29 points while outplaying fellow rookie point guard Derrick Rose, and the undermanned Bobcats snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating Chicago.
Trail Blazers 109, Kings 77
In Portland, Brandon Roy scored 29 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Trail Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak.
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