Bryant hit a tying three-pointer with 24.5 seconds left and produced the 114th 40-point game of his career, despite playing with an apparent case of the flu for the Lakers, who dropped to 2-3 under new coach Mike D’Antoni.
David West scored 16 points in the opener of Indiana’s four-game road trip.
The Lakers flirted with the lowest-scoring game and worst shooting percentage in franchise history, before scoring eight straight points in the waning minutes. Los Angeles finished 23-for-43 at the foul line.
SUNS 91, CAVALIERS 78
In Cleveland, Ohio, Goran Dragic scored 19 points and Michael Beasley added 15 as Phoenix took control late in the third quarter to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Suns scored the final 14 points of the third to take a 71-59 lead they did not relinquish, sending Cleveland to their 10th loss in 11 games.
Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao had 20 points and 18 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double. He came in leading the NBA in rebounding with a 14.7 average.
Cleveland were playing their fourth game in five nights. The Cavaliers shot 36 percent from the field against a Suns team that was giving up an NBA-worst 103.3 points per game.
Cleveland played their fifth straight game without star point guard Kyrie Irving, out until the middle of next month with a broken left index finger. Backup shooting guard Daniel Gibson missed the game with a sore right elbow.
TIMBERWOLVES 97, KINGS 89
In Sacramento, California, Kevin Love had 23 points and an NBA season-high 24 rebounds to help Minnesota stop a five-game losing streak by beating Sacramento.
Love, who missed the first nine games of the season with a broken right hand, was a force inside all night for the Timberwolves, who took the lead late in the first quarter and never trailed again.
Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins each scored 20 points for the Kings.
Luke Ridnour scored 18, while Nikola Pekovic had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had fallen into a tailspin after starting the season 5-2.
Two free throws by Cousins pulled Sacramento to 91-89 with just under 3 minutes left, but Pekovic got free for a layup and Love threw up an off-balance shot that went in, giving the Timberwolves a 95-89 lead with 27 seconds remaining.