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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 February, 2003, 09:53 GMT
Bryant heroics boost Lakers
Kobe Bryant scored 17 points for the Lakers during the two overtime periods
Kobe Bryant scored 17 points for the Lakers during the two overtime periods

Kobe Bryant continued his fine run of form with a season-high 52 points for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

The Lakers secured a 106-99 double-overtime win against the Houston Rockets to move into a tie for the final play-off spot in the Western Conference.

Bryant scored 19-for-37 from the field and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.

He scored 17 of his points in the two overtime periods while adding eight rebounds and seven assists in 54 minutes.

Dominant display

"It was a big game for us. Everybody came out hard and played well," said Bryant.

Bryant turned in a dominant display to help the Lakers overcome the absence of Shaquille O'Neal.

O'Neal missed his second game in a row because of a knee injury.

Bryant himself appeared to hurt his knee during the game and was limping at times.

But he fought off the injury and said after the game that he expects to play against Utah on Wednesday.

Bryant set a franchise record by scoring 40 points or more for the sixth game in a row and he has now scored at least 35 points in 10 straight games.

Rick Fox added 15 points for the Lakers, while Yao Ming scored 24 points and hauled down 14 rebounds for the Rockets before fouling out late in the first overtime period.

Vlade Divac scored 21 points and had 19 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 102-93 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Sacramento.

Peja Stojakovic added 26 points for Sacramento, while Mike Bibby had 21 as the Kings won for the third time in four games.

Toni Kukoc was the leading scorer for the Bucks with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Tuesday's results

Cleveland 107-101 Chicago
Orlando 99-94 New Orleans
New Jersey 84-79 Miami
Memphis 108-103 Indiana (OT)
Dallas 105-79 Atlanta
San Antonio 101-76 Denver
Sacramento 102-93 Milwaukee
Golden State 117-125 Boston
LA Lakers 106-99 Houston (2OT)

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