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Toronto Raptors vs. LA Lakers: Postgame Grades and Analysis for LA
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

What. A. Game.

With defense absent, the Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Toronto Raptors by a score of 118-116. The offensive slugfest was down to the wire, as Kobe Bryant's late-game heroics led the Lakers back to force overtime.

Bryant finished with 41 points and 12 assists—his second consecutive game with at least 40 and 12.

It didn't look like it would be a win through the first 47 minutes. The Lakers allowed Toronto to score 37 first-quarter points and trailed 107-103 with 30 seconds remaining.

Suddenly, Bryant took over in the fourth quarter, Steve Nash came up with huge three-pointers and Dwight Howard made the necessary defensive stops. If that's not enough, Metta World Peace decimated Rudy Gay defensively.

So how did it all go down?

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