L.A. Lakers 109, Charlotte 93
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21 (Ticker) --
The Los Angeles Lakers had their star
shining brightly while the Charlotte Bobcats' standout player
couldn't even get out of the blocks.
scored 27 points in three quarters while Chris Mihm
added seven of his 14 in a decisive fourth quarter as the Lakers
posted a 109-93 preseason victory over the Bobcats.
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Charlotte was without reigning Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor
whose troublesome back flared up while he was stretching before
the game and forced him to sit out. The Bobcats were also
without rookies Sean May
(right knee) and Raymond Felton
Despite the absence so many players, Charlotte held an 82-81
lead with two minutes left in the third quarter thanks to 21
points off the bench from Matt Carroll
However, Los Angeles countered with a 21-2 burst over the next
10 1/2 minutes to break open the game. Brian Cook
final six points of the surge and finished with 14 points.
The Lakers still were without rookie Andrew Bynum
, who has a
slight abdominal tear. Luke Walton's
hamstring strain kept him
out for the fourth straight game.