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38 Points in the paint for L.A., which got only 11 from Pau Gasol and 14 from Andrew Bynum (a total of just 10 after the first quarter), plus eight off the bench from Lamar Odom. They combined to shoot 11-of-29 from the field.

26 Points from Kobe Bryant to lead the Lakers and all scorers on 9-of-21 shooting and 8-of-9 free throws.

20 Turnovers for the Lakers, resulting in 24 Bobcats points.

15 Margin of victory for Charlotte, its largest ever against Los Angeles (previous was 13).

3 Game losing streak the Lakers hope to avoid in Sunday against Orlando. L.A. has yet to lose three straight games since acquiring Pau Gasol back in February of 2008.

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Bobcats hand Lakers 2nd straight loss, 98-83

By MIKE CRANSTON

Posted Mar 05 2010 10:02PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.(AP) Stephen Jackson scored 21 points, Gerald Wallace added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats handed the weary Los Angeles Lakers their second straight loss, 98-83 on Friday night.

With Michael Jordan watching courtside in Charlotte's first win since he agreed to buy the team, the Bobcats continued their surprising success against the defending champions, who had little energy a night after an overtime loss in Miami.

Kobe Bryant had 26 points on 9-of-21 shooting for the Lakers, who shot 36 percent, committed 20 turnovers and lost to Charlotte for the seventh time in nine meetings.

Wallace hit two 3-pointers in a 16-1 run bridging halftime that put Charlotte ahead 61-44. The Lakers got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

The Lakers got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Andrew Bynum and 11 points and 13 boards from Pau Gasol, but they combined to shoot 8 for 23 from the field. And the Lakers again looked disjointed in falling to 17-12 on the road, matching last season's total for road losses.

But it probably should be no surprise here. No matter the personnel or the coach, the 6-year-old Bobcats have somehow owned the Lakers.

The Lakers have losing records against only two NBA teams: the Celtics and Bobcats. Charlotte had won six of seven before Los Angeles' 99-97 home win last month. But Wallace didn't play because of a sore hamstring, and he was the difference in the game-clinching run this time.

Wallace, who was 0 for 6 from the field in the first half, got hot to start the third quarter. Wallace drained two straight 3-pointers - the second a 30-footer to beat the shot clock - and added a layup as the Bobcats built a 61-44 lead.

Gasol had two turnovers and two shots blocked in the surge in another suspect game a night after coach Phil Jackson left him on the bench for the start of overtime.

Jordan, sitting next to the Bobcats' bench, clapped at the final buzzer as the Bobcats snapped a two-game skid to move within a game of idle Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

With man who is selling the team to Jordan, Bob Johnson, sitting on the other side of the court, Jordan got to see one of his biggest mistakes in his role making personnel decisions, too. Lakers reserve Adam Morrison didn't take a shot in 4 minutes, most of which came after the game had been decided.

Entering with nine losses in 13 games, Bobcats coach Larry Brown tweaked his rotation. Tyson Chandler (six points, four rebounds) returned from injury and little-used rookie Gerald Henderson (six points, two rebounds) played well.

Henderson guarded Bryant late in the first half, and didn't go for his three pump fakes before Bryant turned it over. That led to Tyrus Thomas' layup that gave Charlotte a 49-43 halftime lead.

The Lakers, who shot 39 percent with 12 turnovers in the first half, didn't get much better in the second. The Bobcats went ahead 82-65 early in the fourth quarter on D.J. Augustin's 3.

NOTES: Bobcats Cs Nazr Mohammed (back) and DeSagana Diop (knee) remained sidelined. ... Jackson was asked about his former player Jordan as an owner. ``I hope it's a success for him,'' he said. He was then asked if he would like to one day own a team. ``God forbid,'' he replied. ... Jackson said Gasol has been ``weak and sickly'' of late, both with his game and his physical condition. Jackson indicated he needs to limit Gasol's minutes.

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Lakers’ Coach Phil Jackson

(On the Lakers’ turnovers)

“I thought they (the Bobcats) did a great job pressuring our guards, creating tough plays for guys to get to the ball, and running to passes when guys weren’t stepping hard enough to the open spots.  They came out with full pressure.  We had a good first quarter, but couldn’t sustain it.”

(On the Lakers not capitalizing on their height advantage)
“The simple matter was that we didn’t get the ball in position to make post passes.  We couldn’t get the ball in the right spot, and they took those spots away.”

(On Kobe Bryant’s play)
“He put the pressure on in the second quarter until that turnover with that shot that was either blocked or he mishandled.  We were right there in the game, but then it was lost and they got a run-out.  He had a one-man show in that second quarter that carried us into the game again.  That is something that we want to save for an end-game situation, and not use the second quarter to get back into a game.”








Lakers Guard Kobe Bryant

(On tonight’s game)
“It’s always tough on the road. It is a lot tougher to try to muster up that energy to help take your game to another level to be competitive.”

(On the team’s recent struggles)
“You have those periods during the season where you are kind of stagnant. The important thing is that when you hit those stretches, you don’t go backwards. You just kind of weather the storm, and you come out of it as a better ball club.”

(On playing against the Bobcats)
“They have great players. They have great individual talent, quick guards, good shooters and size. They match up very well with us.”










Lakers’ Forward Pau Gasol

(On tonight’s game)

“We had a lot of turnovers early on and couldn’t get any flow. We held them up a little bit better in the first half, and then they got going in the second half and we stayed the same.”

(On playing against the Bobcats)
“They play with a lot of energy. They play their game and we seem like we try to play their game, which they’re really good at.  We are going away from our strengths, and we have no rhythm and no confidence in what we are doing out there.”






Bobcats Head Coach Larry Brown

(On the team’s defense tonight)

“I thought our defense was great.  Having Tyson (Chandler) back was a huge lift, especially against size like that.  When you have Tyson, Theo (Ratliff), Tyrus (Thomas) and Gerald (Wallace), we have length in shot blocking.  That helps us defensively.  Gerald said it best, ‘When we play as a team on both ends we give ourselves a chance to win.’  We defended, we shared the ball pretty well.  It was a good win.”

(On Tyrus Thomas)
“He’s so long and athletic, and he cares about winning.  He reminds me a lot of Gerald Wallace in terms of attitude; they both want to get better.  That shot blocking changes a lot of things.  There aren’t as many easy shots, and we’re going after shots and that helps.”







Bobcats Guard Stephen Jackson

(On tonight’s game)
“We played with confidence and we didn’t back down.  We made the first hit and I think we were the more aggressive team tonight.  I wish we could play against good teams like that every night – maybe we would bring the energy and the fire that we need.  Tonight we hit on all cylinders and we followed our game plan and that’s why we got the win.”

(On the team’s execution tonight)
“We were locked in tonight.  Everybody was focused on what we went over before the game and everybody knew their assignment and we just did it to a tee.  It definitely showed out there.  We rebounded the ball well, we shared the ball and our bench guys came in and gave us a big lift.  That’s what we’re going to need in order to play well.”






Bobcats Forward Gerald Wallace

 (On tonight’s game)

“We did a great job team-wise, especially rebounding.  Those guys (Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol) are long, and I think everybody did a great job of coming in and helping our bigs out.  We shared the ball, we moved the ball, we penetrated and took advantage of what they gave us.  Defensively, we helped out really well.  Everybody was involved defensively.  We were rotating guys and we were able to get some steals.”

(On Tyson Chandler’s return)
“He did a great job.  Tyson came in and gave us great energy off the bench.  He played well for his first game back.  He got out there on the court and hit the boards hard and played defense.”






Bobcats Guard D.J. Augustin

(On his improved play the last two games)

“I’m playing more and my teammates are giving me a lot of confidence.  That’s always helpful.  We played good tonight; we played as a team.  We’ve just got to keep it going.”

(On hitting shots early in the game)
“Those kinds of shots can get you rolling and give you a lot of confidence.  I was happy to make them and hoped I could keep it going.”



Lakers vs. Bobcats Game Preview

By BRETT HUSTON

Posted Mar 05 2010 1:41AM

The Los Angeles Lakers couldn't parlay Kobe Bryant's impressive performance into a win to kick off their three-game road trip, but they won't have to wait long for a bounce-back opportunity against the slumping Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bobcats, however, have been anything but pushovers for the Lakers.

The Lakers had lost six of seven to Charlotte before pulling out a close home win last month, and they'll look to complete a rare season sweep Friday night at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Bobcats (28-31) are seeking their first playoff berth since entering the league in 2004, but since they have never won more than 35 games in any season, it's hard to find an explanation for their recent success against the Lakers (46-16).

Los Angeles won the first three meetings, but even those weren't easy - twice the Lakers needed fourth-quarter rallies to win by one point.

The Bobcats then won six of the next seven, including three victories that required a total of six overtimes. Los Angeles finally got back in the win column Feb. 3 at Staples Center, beating Charlotte 99-97 despite getting just five points from Bryant, who was hobbled by a sprained left ankle.

"We respect this team," Lamar Odom said after scoring a team-high 19 points. "The last couple of years they've played us hard. They're a well coached team, very disciplined team."

Odom, however, didn't have to deal with Bobcats All-Star Gerald Wallace, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Six of the Lakers' 11 games against Charlotte have been decided by two points or fewer or gone to overtime, and Los Angeles might be tired heading into this meeting after going five extra minutes Thursday in Miami.

Bryant had 12 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lakers back from a nine-point deficit and force overtime, but the Heat rallied to win 114-111.

"We just couldn't get stops,'' said Bryant, who shook out of a four-game shooting slump (34.3 percent) by making 15 of 28 shots. "We basically traded baskets to start the overtime. We didn't execute well defensively."

Los Angeles didn't do the Bobcats any favors by losing to Miami. With the win, the Heat jumped 1 1/2 games ahead of Charlotte for the Eastern Conference's eighth playoff spot.

The Bobcats, however, haven't been helping their own cause. Sixth in the East at the end of January, Charlotte has gone 4-9 since Feb. 1.

Its latest loss was the most lopsided of the bunch. Wallace and Stephen Jackson were held to eight points apiece and the Bobcats shot 36.0 percent in a 104-80 loss at Boston on Wednesday.

Wallace, though, didn't waste much time dwelling on the team's fifth loss in six games.

"We got embarrassed (Wednesday) night," Wallace told the Bobcats' official Web site. "So obviously we're going to come out (Friday) and make a statement for our fans playing at home."

Some improvement from Wallace would be a good place for Charlotte to start. The first-time All-Star averages 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, but has been held to 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game over his last three.

Wallace averaged 17.0 points in the last three games he was healthy enough to face the Lakers, all wins.

Charlotte may get another boost Friday if centers Nazr Mohammed (back) or Tyson Chandler (foot) could return. Both players practiced Thursday and are game-time decisions after missing five and seven games, respectively.

Having Mohammed available could be especially valuable. He had a season-high 23 points and 17 rebounds against Los Angeles last month.

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Lakers
Shannon Brown
(sprained right thumb) is probable.
Kobe Bryant
(avulsion fracture, right index finger) is probable.
Sasha Vujacic
(sprained right shoulder) is out.
Luke Walton
(pinched nerve, back) is out indefinitely.

Mavs

Alexis Ajinca (torn ligament, right thumb) is out.
Tyson Chandler (sore left foot and ankle) is day-to-day.
DeSagana Diop (right MCL sprain) is out.
Nazr Mohammed (back spasms) is day-to-day.













SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers lead their season series with Charlotte 1-0 after losing last season’s series with the Bobcats 0-2. The two teams have met 11 times in all with the Lakers trailing the all-time series 5-6. The Bobcats are one of only two teams in the NBA that the Lakers have a .500 or losing record against (Boston). At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 3-3 all-time against the Bobcats while in Charlotte, Los Angeles has gone 2-3 overall. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 3-6 against Charlotte. In their last meeting at STAPLES Center, the Lakers defeated the Bobcats 99-97, snapping a 3-game home and overall losing streak to Charlotte. Last season, the Bobcats defeated the Lakers 110-117 in double-overtime at STAPLES Center, marking the third OT contest (2nd multi-overtime game) between the two teams in the brief series history. In 2006-07, the Lakers lost on the road to the Bobcats 124-133 in triple overtime to conclude a six-game road trip. It was the Lakers third ever triple-overtime game in the Los Angeles era and the team’s longest game since a four-overtime contest in January of 1980 at Cleveland. In their second meeting that season, Kobe Bryant connected on a game-tying three with 1.6 seconds to play, forcing overtime. The Lakers, however, were outscored 15-6 in the extra period, dropping their first ever game to the Bobcats at home. In 10 career games against Charlotte, Kobe Bryant is averaging 31.2 points with a high-game of 58 points coming in the triple-overtime contest 12/29/06. On February 7, the Lakers acquired Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown from Charlotte in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic. Additionally, Michael Jordan, Managing Member of Basketball Operations for the Bobcats, won six NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls under current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. Earlier this season, Jackson moved past Bobcats head coach Larry Brown for 5th on the NBA’s all-time coaching win list with a victory over Detroit (11/17/09).