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.

Kobe Bryant 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 (left wrist).

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 tallied the 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'shamstring strain kept him out for the fourth straight game.