With the Lakers down by six,
Gasol, who hit only two of 10 shots in the first half, closed out the scoring with two free throws to put the Lakers up by three. He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. He also turned the ball over six times and shot 6 of 18 from the field.
Bryant led the Lakers with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. He also had seven of the Lakers 15 turnovers.
Young also struggled with his shot (2 of 10 from the field) but still managed 13 points, mostly at the line (8 of 9).
The Bobcats also got 14 points from Jefferson (7-of-18 shooting), 13 from
With the win, the Lakers' record climbs to 11-12. They travel next to Atlanta to play the
Charlotte (10-14) hosts the
The Bobcats stormed the Lakers early in the third quarter to take a nine-point lead.
The Lakers rallied offensively, but couldn't get enough stops to regain the lead.
The Lakers are shooting 40.7% from the field.
The Bobcats pushed their lead to six before the Lakers climbed back on top to end the half ahead by one point.
The Lakers shot only 38.5% from the field but took advantage of the Bobcats at the free-throw line (9 of 11) and behind the arc (5 of 9).
Charlotte shot 45.5% from the field but missed all six three-point shots. The Bobcats only took four free throws, making three.
each scored eight apiece to lead Charlotte.
The Bobcats took a one-point lead after 12 minutes in Charlotte, holding the Lakers to 35% shooting from the field.
Charlotte has emerged as one of the league's better defensive teams. In the weaker Eastern Conference, they're in sixth place -- only two games behind the third-place
With a loss on Friday in Oklahoma City (18-14), the Lakers are going to need a strong performance to win on the second night of back-to-back games.
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