LOS ANGELES(AP) Kobe Bryant hit yet another buzzer-beating 3-pointer and finished with 39 points as the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 109-108 on Friday night.

Lamar Odom had a season-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the NBA-leading Lakers (26-6). Pau Gasol had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four assists – one of which set up Bryant’s clutch basket from in front of the Sacramento bench.

Andrew Bynum added 16 points and four rebounds.

Ron Artest missed his fourth straight game because of a concussion.

Spencer Hawes had a career-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Kings, Omri Casspi scored 23 points, and Beno Udrih added 19 points and 13 assists.

The Lakers came out as flat as half-empty champagne bottles left over from New Year’s Eve, shooting 37 percent from the field in the first half and trailing 64-49 at intermission. Derek Fisher was the biggest offender, missing nine of 10 shots in the half while the Kings had the highest-scoring half by a Lakers opponent this season.

Fisher, who had six points, played 9 minutes in the third quarter without taking a shot, then sat out the entire fourth quarter.

The sellout crowd let the Lakers feel their pain, booing them loudly after Jon Brockman’s layup gave Sacramento a 38-23 lead with 9:12 left in the second quarter. The Kings built the lead to 20 at 52-32 with a 3-pointer by Ime Udoka that capped a 26-9 run with 5:06 left in the half.

In their previous game, Tuesday night at Staples Center, the Lakers fell behind by 15 points to Golden State and gave up 60 points in the first half before pulling out a 124-118 win. The last time they won a game in which they trailed by 20 or more points was Dec. 12, 2006, when they erased a 21-point deficit in a 112-101 double-overtime win against Houston at Los Angeles.

NOTES: According to Lakers coach Phil Jackson, it looks as though Artest will be back playing by early next week, following the fall at his home on Christmas night that caused the concussion, a deep cut on his left elbow and a slight loss of memory. “He’s improved significantly in the last two days, and optimistic that he’ll be able to practice soon – probably not a full-out practice with contact tomorrow, but will have non-contact activity with the team,” Jackson said. “There’s a number of checks they go through with concussions, like speech patterns. But with Ron, that doesn’t work.” … This was only the third time in the last 36 years that the Lakers played on New Year’s Day. Their overall record on Jan. 1 is 9-6.

  • saif

    I just got a text saying Kings are going to win this one. As a Laker fan for 20 years living in Sacramento, I was cool calm and collective. I checked out the seconds on the clock, then grabbed my iphone and texted back. My text message said “they better tackle Kobe”. Yes, somehow I knew the shot was going in. It was a big moment on New Years 2010. Kobe had scored the last 3 points to win. Prior to that, Kobe was in the huddle playing it out in his mind. Yes, Mamba it was your moment once again. Time is starting to fly and history his being made. The players are looking and moving different, announcers and media are getting desperate. But some things just don’t change. Mamba you are now among the best of the best! Thank you for giving so much!

  • joana

    what a game kobe ur the best!!!!!go lakers

  • kobe26

    New year, but same old Kobe! =)

  • skylar

    OMG ..that was a nice game go kobe

  • paukobelamarbynumfish


  • http://kobebryant.com/members/24koldb/ Kold B 24 LFL

    Wow did you see the guy slip trying to get to Kobe right before he landed his signature buzzer beater shot .. It just works out for him all the time. Gasol is doing his thing right !!

  • tsparks

    this is sick man 3 for 3 MAMBA!!!

  • lukasz

    MVP !! MVP !! MVP !! MVP !! MVP !! MVP !! MVP !! MVP !!

  • dreamchu

    Kobe,what an amazing moment you have made .!!!

  • vishnu

    Its hard to be as good as Kobe……..

  • sevenjbra

    Kobe!!!!!! You are The Greatest Player on this planet that we call Earth! You are utterly A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! No one is as great as The Black Mamba!! NO ONE!!!!

  • team

    What an incredible shot by Kobe (again) !!!

    He did it again. You are absolutely incredible.

    M.V.P. 2010

    Happy New Year to you KOBE !!

  • ezdoesitpro

    What more can we say other than INCREDIBLE!!! WOW! I couldn’t believe it! I was saying to myself “hmm can Kobe pull another game winner off?”

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/jesseluvslakers/ jesse

    Great job Kobe, you’re amazing!!! You left me speechless when you made that shot (although you tend to do that a lot!!!)You totally deserve to be MVP and All-Star again!! What you do is nothing like any other player in the NBA does!!!!!!

  • kobebestever

    guys this is way kobe is the best player to ever play the game

  • kb24superfan

    YEAH. no surprise there. kobe awsome. best of the best

  • hoopdreams423


  • http://kobebryant.com/members/kobefanjay/ KobeFan Jay

    Oops, he did it again. Happy New Year to the Sacramento Queens.

  • kb24greatness


  • http://kobebryant.com/members/karinaskov/ LA Lakers 4ever!

    that’s kobe!

  • hope16

    speedy recovery to Ron! He is missed for his defense presence. Kobe I don’t know how you do it with those last buzzer heroics- not good for my blood pressure though lol

  • spechtacular

    Two words: BLACK MAMBA!!! We can’t ignore the play of Lamar Odom…Great game LO!!! Pau had a crucial and 1 down the stretch, and Shannon a big bucket in crunch time. Nice to see Jordan out there playing in crunch time and keeping his composure. Great way to start the new year!!!! Let’s get that RING!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/waunie/ Waunie Wilson

    Broken fingers, elbows, knee surgeries, Kobe Bean Bryant is AMAZING!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/kableman/ KableMan

    I was at that game!!! Best experience of my life!!! I was like, “Am I really going to be at one of these games lol!”

  • cbuenaflor

    Kobe is just unbelievable, unstoppable and relentless.. he is a sickest basketball player ever!!!!

  • glad12love

    Kobe is so amazing :)

  • zone24

    Kobe Bryant demonstrated his gamesmanship skills once again.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/yanebok/ yanebok

    what can i say? i’m speechless..kobe you are the best..=)

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/elaykb24/ Kobe24 Elijah

    Oh my God, kobe does it again. He killed sacramento again.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/lakergirl15/ KC

    I Love You Kobe!You are Amazing!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/renz824/ R3NST3R

    mann.. Beno was stupid enough to hopefully draw a push from the REF.. man dude we all know the refs swallows the whistle for the end game plays

  • wrmendez

    simply the best in NBA. MVP once again!!!!!

  • k08e24

    MVP No Doubt…The gtreatest of all times….so WELCOME tO the reality of BASKETBALL World….NONE other MR. KB24….MY inspiration and my Idol

  • sherwinchase


  • mAgzz

    ahm………no comment for number 24..

    a strong mvp candidate man..we are strong fan of kb24 here
    in the philippines!!

  • kobe8

    i couldnt believe it either thought the game was over but kobe and that 3 pointer in 1 tenth of a seconds man that made my day

    no cant stop the black mamba not even lebron


    Kobe Kobe Kobe Kobe

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/airapparent/ Air Apparent

    GOAT. Nothing more to say

  • tysonbeck

    seriously when kobe and the lakers are balling my life feels so great

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/ninaross/ NiNaRoSs

    He does it again!!! Great job Kobe!!!


  • marius24

    haay,I come fron germany and Kobe is my example….!!

    ~Go Lakers~

  • martinamalka