LOS ANGELES -- Consistency has been an issue for Brian Cook this season. So when he made two 3-pointers in the first 63 seconds against Miami, it gave his confidence a boost.
Cook, who brought a 7.0-point scoring average into the game, scored 25 including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami 124-118 on Monday night to snap the Heat's season-high four-game winning streak.
Bryant scored six of his 25 points in overtime and had eight assists -- the last one setting up Cook for a 3-pointer that gave the Lakers a 117-114 lead with 2:34 left in overtime.
The Heat drew within one point twice after that, but Bryant answered with a basket the first time and two free throws the second, with 37.2 seconds remaining.
"I just read it wrong," Wade said of his costly turnover. "I had a step on Kobe, I tried to draw and then kick, but Parker stayed home. So it caught me at the last second. It was a great defensive play on Parker's side. I should have put it up, but I didn't."
Cook shot 10-of-16 including 4-for-5 from 3-point range. As a team, the Lakers shot 14-for-25 from beyond the arc. Cook also had 10 rebounds, a season-high four assists and three blocked shots in 35 minutes, matching his season-high.
"I just go out there and try to play the same every night," said Cook, the Lakers' first-round draft choice in 2003. "I had a lot of open shots and put them in.
"The first two shots made me feel real good, kind of put me on a roll. I was able to stay out of foul trouble, get a little rhythm in there. I've been getting in early foul trouble and that makes it hard to get into a rhythm."
It also makes it difficult to be consistent.
"This game required a lot of people to contribute," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "You've got to make 3-pointers against Miami. If you don't, you're going to be in a vacuum. You've got to be able to pull up and hit some shots."
"We haven't forgotten what won us the championship -- and it wasn't that long ago," Mourning said. "So I expect us to get better and stay healthy. I know that as soon as we get our rotation back and everybody back healthy, we're a team to be reckoned with."
The defending NBA champion Heat (17-20) finished their six-game road trip with a 4-2 record. Injured Miami star Shaquille O'Neal, sidelined since tearing cartilage in his left knee Nov. 12, sat out his 31st straight game. He watched from the bench in a dapper light blue three-piece suit.
O'Neal, who played for the Lakers from 1996-2004 and led them to three championships, said he believes he'll be ready to play in the next week or so.
Haslem forced the overtime by making a follow dunk with 22.5 seconds remaining to tie the game at 110. Bryant had given the Lakers a two-point lead 24 seconds earlier when he hit a runner in the lane.
Bryant ran the clock down and drove the lane, but the ball was deflected to Evans, who missed an off-balance shot at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.
The Lakers led 108-101 before Wade scored four straight points and Jason Kapono made a 3-pointer to tie it with 1:58 remaining.
The Lakers (25-13) have won six of their last eight games and 18 home games -- most in the NBA. They play 11 of their next 14 on the road, where they're 7-9 so far.
|Kobe Bryant scores 25 points to Dwyane Wade's 35, but the Lakers edge the Heat in OT. (Getty Images)|
|L.A. Lakers (25-13) «||33||28||27||22||14||124|
|MIA:D. Wade 35 Pts
MIA:A. Mourning 15 Reb
MIA:J. Williams 9 Ast
|LAL:K. Bryant 25 Pts
LAL:B. Cook 10 Reb
LAL:K. Bryant 8 Ast
|Players of the Game|
|D. Wade, PG||42||12-25||11-13||5||8||4||35|
|A. Mourning, C||37||2-6||5-8||15||0||5||9|
|J. Kapono, SF||37||4-8||0-0||4||2||4||10|
|U. Haslem, PF||36||7-12||6-7||11||0||4||20|
|J. Williams, PG||31||1-6||1-1||4||9||2||3|
|J. Posey, SF||28||6-12||0-0||2||2||0||16|
|A. Walker, PF||25||5-11||0-2||3||5||1||13|
|G. Payton, PG||17||2-2||0-0||2||6||2||4|
|M. Doleac, C||8||3-4||0-0||0||0||2||6|
|D. Wright, SF||4||1-1||0-0||0||0||0||2|
|S. O'Neal, C||Did Not Play|
|E. Barron, C||Did Not Play|
|W. Simien, PF||Did Not Play|
|C. Quinn, PG||Did Not Play|
|R. Hite, SG||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|K. Bryant, SG||44||11-24||3-3||4||8||2||25|
|S. Parker, PG||44||5-14||2-2||5||4||1||17|
|B. Cook, PF||35||10-16||1-2||10||4||2||25|
|L. Walton, SF||35||4-12||2-5||10||6||4||10|
|A. Bynum, C||28||4-7||3-3||8||2||4||11|
|M. Evans, SG||26||5-8||1-2||3||4||1||12|
|V. Radmanovic, PF||25||4-10||1-2||3||1||3||11|
|R. Turiaf, PF||11||1-1||0-0||1||2||5||2|
|S. Vujacic, PG||10||2-2||0-0||1||2||0||6|
|J. Farmar, PG||9||2-5||1-1||0||1||0||5|
|A. McKie, SG||Did Not Play|
|S. Williams, PG||Did Not Play|
|L. Odom, SF||Did Not Play|
|C. Mihm, C||Did Not Play|
|K. Brown, C||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|