L.A. Lakers 98, Charlotte 97
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 23 (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant
showed that he was in
midseason form for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant scored 25 points and Chris Mihm
chipped in with 14 and 11
rebounds as the Lakers posted a 98-97 preseason triumph over
the Charlote Bobcats at ipayOne Center.
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The Bobcats put forth a valiant effort late in the fourth
quarter, but Bryant saved his best for last.
converted 1-of-2 free throws with about a minute
remaining to pull Charlotte within two, but Los Angeles clinched
the win on its ensuing possession.
Mihm took a feed in the low post and dished to Bryant, who
drilled a 17-foot jumper from the left elbow to give the Lakers
a 98-94 lead with 50 seconds left.
collected 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists
while Smush Parker
- who will likely start opposite Bryant in
the backcourt - added 13 points for Los Angeles.
paced the Bobcats with 20 points and 14 rebounds
before fouling out with about four minutes to go. Rush scored
14 points and rookie Raymond Felton
chipped in with 12 and seven
assists for Charlotte, which squandered a 48-43 lead at