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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kobe Bryant had 31 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his 20th career triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 129-122 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
Seven players scored in double figures for the Lakers, including all five starters. Nick Young added 20 off the bench, Carlos Boozer scored 18 and Jordan Hill had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Kyle Lowry had 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Toronto before fouling out with 2.8 seconds left in overtime. Terrence Ross had 20 points and Lou Williams added 19 off the bench for the Raptors, whose 13-3 record coming in represented the best start in franchise history.
Toronto played without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, who tore a tendon in his left groin during Friday's 106-102 loss to Dallas and is out indefinitely. Greivis Vasquez made his first start of the season at shooting guard and scored 19 points in 33 minutes.
The Raptors never led in OT. Wesley Johnson put the Lakers ahead for good at 113-110 with a 3-pointer after Hill blocked Lowry's layup at the other end. Bryant followed with a three-point play after Amir Johnson fouled out and then hit a 15-foot jumper. Jeremy Lin added a fastbreak layup for a 120-112 cushion with 1:36 to play.
Bryant grabbed a missed tip-in attempt by Patrick Patterson with 1:22 left, securing his first triple-double since April 2, 2013 against Dallas.
Toronto led by six with 9:25 left in the fourth quarter after Williams scored eight points in a 1:07 span. But the Lakers pulled ahead 102-101 when Bryant shook off Ross and hit a 17-footer with 3 minutes to go.
Bryant threw a cross-court pass to Young, who hit a 3-pointer to give the Lakers a 108-104 lead with 1:24 to play. But they couldn't close it out in regulation.
Ross hit a 3-pointer to put the Raptors up 109-108, and Bryant made one of two free throws at the other end. Lowry was called for an offensive foul, and Bryant missed a layup in heavy traffic as the fourth quarter expired.
Williams capped a 15-2 run with a 3-pointer that gave Toronto a 76-73 lead with 2:29 left in the third. But Bryant's three-point play, and Price's 3-pointer give the Lakers an 81-80 lead.
Bryant scored 81 points all by himself against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006 at Staples Center, the second-highest total in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100. He averaged 30.1 in his next 13 games against the Raptors before getting just nine through 28 minutes last December in his first game back from Achilles surgery.
Raptors: DeRozan, the only player on the team to appear in all 82 games during the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons, missed just 10 games over five-plus seasons before his latest injury. ... Toronto was 1 for 11 from 3-point range in the first half and 9 for 34 overall.
Lakers: Bryant made some more history against the Raptors, setting up Johnson's 12-footer with 8:31 left in the third to become the first player in NBA history with at least 6,000 assists and 30,000 points.
Raptors: At Sacramento on Tuesday night.
Lakers: At Detroit on Tuesday night.
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