Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/28

Game 1: Tuesday, December 28th
Game 2: Sunday, February 27th

Lakers 102

(28-26, 9-15 away)

Raptors 108

(24-32, 18-11 home)

1:00 PM ET, February 27, 2005

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

1 2 3 4 T
LAL 29 26 29 18102
TOR 28 37 21 22108

Top Performers

LAL: K. Bryant 31 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast

Tor: J. Rose 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Rose might have injured hand; Kobe scores 31

TORONTO (AP) -- Jalen Rose knew he'd play well after learning he needed just 10 points to pass his biological father on the NBA's career scoring list.

Rose scored 26 points, including eight straight late in the fourth quarter Sunday, and the Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to three games with a 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I woke up today and somebody sent me an e-mail and told me if I score 10 points I'll pass my biological father," said Rose, whose father, Jimmy Walker, had 11,655 career points.

"That's what I used as motivation in today's game."

Rose doesn't have a relationship with Walker, a former All-Star who left Jalen and his mother.

Rose scored 10 of Toronto's last 12 points and the Raptors closed out the game on a 12-3 run. The 11-year veteran injured his right hand diving for a ball in the final seconds. He couldn't get X-rays on his non-shooting hand after the game because the X-ray machine at the Air Canada Centre wasn't working. He'll have X-rays on Tuesday.

Rose missed 16 games last year after breaking his left hand.

"I don't think it's as bad as last year," Rose said. "It's somewhat of a concern, that's why I need to get it X-rayed."

Kobe Bryant had 31 points for the Lakers, who lost their second straight following a season-high three-game winning streak.

Donyell Marshall added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who are unbeaten since the All-Star break.

Marshall made five of Toronto's 13 3-pointers, and the Raptors led by as many as 15. But the 3-pointers stopped falling and Chucky Atkins helped Los Angeles close the gap by scoring 17 points in the second half.

Bryant's jumper tied it with 6:37 left in the fourth, but Rose scored 12 of Toronto's final 16 points, including eight straight to give the Raptors a 104-102 lead with 1:02 left.

Bryant, with power forward Chris Bosh guarding him, missed a 3-point attempt with 55 seconds left. After Marshall grabbed an offensive rebound, Bryant fouled Marshall, whose two free throws gave Toronto a 106-102 lead with 26 seconds remaining.

After Bryant turned the ball over with a bad pass, Rose added two free throws in the final seconds.

"When Jalen gets hot, he gets things going for them," Bryant said.

Game notes

The Raptors lost their previous six games to the Lakers. ... Los Angeles had its three-game win streak snapped by Detroit on Friday. ... The Raptors drew their fifth sellout of the season. ... Bosh had 15 rebounds and 12 points. ... Six Toronto players reached double figures in scoring. ... Rose has 11,671 career points.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 102 108
FGM-FGA 40-78 (.513) 39-84 (.464)
3PM-3PA 9-18 (.500) 13-24 (.542)
FTM-FTA 13-16 (.813) 17-19 (.895)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-43 10-40
Assists 21 22
Turnovers 18 9
Steals 4 9
Blocks 2 5
Fast Break Points 7 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 4 15

Top Performers

Los Angeles
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 31
Reb: 8
Ast: 8
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Jalen Rose Rose
Points: 26
Reb: 5
Ast: 3
Stl: 1
Blk: 1