Bryant has 37 as Lakers beat Blazers 106-101

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 23 2011 11:30 p.m. MST

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, defends Portland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez, from Spain, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.

Don Ryan, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kobe Bryant had 37 points and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to beat Portland 106-101 in overtime Wednesday night, snapping the Trail Blazers' season-best, six-game winning streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, but didn't hit a shot in the fourth quarter and missed two key free throws in the extra period.

Lamar Odom and Ron Artest each hit a 3-pointer to help Los Angeles to a 95-92 lead in overtime. Rudy Fernandez responded with a tying 3 and Andre Miller's jumper gave the Blazers the lead, but Pau Gasol hit a turnaround hook shot and added a free throw before Bryant's jumper with 27.9 seconds left gave Los Angeles a 100-97 advantage.

Gasol fouled Aldridge, who missed both free throws to all but seal it for the Lakers.

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