(LOS ANGELES) — Kobe Bryant scored 30, and the Los Angeles Lakers erased an 18-point late third quarter deficit, as the Lakers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-100.
“When they (Bobcats) started getting the lead our psyche, our air went out of us and we were flat,” Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Then they (Lakers) pulled it back together. Last 18 minutes I think the other team scored 22 points.”
The game also marked the return of forward Pau Gasol, who missed the last eight games with tendonitis in both knees. The Spaniard played 30 minutes, scoring 10 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 28 points.
Charlotte (7-17) has now lost 12 straight.
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Billy Hallowell, Deseret News
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