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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 22 21 17 29 89
Play by Play Charlotte Bobcats 24 25 29 31 109


Bobcats continue mastery of Lakers, 109-89

By MIKE CRANSTON

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Gerald Wallace had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats routed the Los Angeles Lakers 109-89 on Monday night to extend one of the more bizarre one-sided matchups in the NBA.

Gerald Henderson added 18 points for the Bobcats, who have won eight of the past 10 meetings with the defending NBA champions.

The Lakers have a winning record against every team except the Boston Celtics - and the Bobcats. And this time it wasn't even close.

While Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, he missed 11 of his first 16 shots as he played despite an illness that kept him from shootaround.

Angry Lakers coach Phil Jackson used all but one full timeout before the fourth quarter, but couldn't prevent the Lakers from their most lopsided loss of the season

Los Angeles started its extended road trip with four straight wins. But following an ugly loss in Orlando on Sunday, the Lakers looked even worse.

They shot 44 percent from the field and missed 16 of 19 3-point shots. They forced only eight turnovers and were outrebounded by five.

After the Bobcats took a 78-60 lead on Wallace's 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer, things got ugly quickly for the Lakers in the fourth.

Bryant picked up two quick fouls, giving him five and helping the Bobcats reach the penalty with 10:51 left. It appeared Jackson tried to teach his starters a lesson, keeping them in the game until midway through the fourth quarter as Charlotte's lead ballooned with reserves Henderson and Nazr Mohammed (16 points) leading the charge.

The Bobcats completed an unusual eight-day stretch in which they also beat Eastern Conference heavyweights Boston and Atlanta and lost to unheralded Indiana and New Jersey as they try to secure the final playoff spot in the East.

History should have predicted this one.

After losing the first three meetings with the Lakers after entering the league in 2004, the Bobcats have lost to the Lakers only twice. It doesn't seem to matter Charlotte has had four coaches during that stretch and overhauled its roster several times.

Using athletic, quick lineups, the Bobcats neutralized the Lakers inside and frustrated Bryant on the perimeter.

Bryant missed the midday shootaround because he was feeling ill. But he arrived on the early bus and went through a rigorous shooting session before declaring himself fit to play.

Bryant missed nine of 13 shots, including two airballs, in a miserable first half for the Lakers. They committed 10 turnovers, missed six of seven 3-pointers and trailed by as many as 11 points.

Jackson called a timeout with just over a minute before halftime before the Lakers went on a 5-0 run to close within 49-43 at halftime.

But the Bobcats took control in the third quarter and shot 51 percent for the game despite their own concerns going in.

D.J. Augustin missed shootaround with a sprained left wrist and coach Paul Silas declared him out for the game. But Augustin taped his wrist about 2 hours before tipoff, tested it out before the game and said he was OK to play. He had seven points and nine assists.

Silas said forward Boris Diaw wouldn't start after he overslept and missed shootaround but he changed his mind and Diaw had 16 points.

It marked another loss for Jackson against the Michael Jordan-owned Bobcats. Jordan, who won six titles as a player under Jackson in Chicago, watched the game from a suite instead of his customary courtside seat.

Notes: The Lakers' previous worst loss was 104-85 to Memphis. ... Jackson, in his final season with the Lakers, indicated he wouldn't be interested in a job working for Jordan or any other team. Asked about Jordan's challenges as an owner, Jackson said: "This franchise, financially, has to get grounded and build an audience and become a stable thing in this community." ... The Lakers' Derek Fisher extended the NBA's longest active consecutive games played streak to 469. Diaw extended the third-longest to 322. ... The Lakers announced a 20-year deal that will shift their locally televised games to newly formed English and Spanish sports networks operated by Time Warner Cable beginning in 2012-13.


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34 Combined points for little known Bobcats subs Nazr Mohammad and Gerald Henderson.

28 Charlotte's biggest lead, acquired in the fourth quarter before L.A.'s subs trimmed off eight points.

27 Bench points for the Lakers, most of which came when the game was already over in the fourth quarter. Shannon Brown started the game 0-for-5, and Lamar Odom managed only nine points and four rebounds in 26 minutes. Kobe Bryant needed 20 shots to get his team-high 20 points, while Pau Gasol added 17 on 6-of-9 shooting, plus 10 rebounds and five assists, both team highs.

10 First half turnovers for the Lakers, the main ingredient in Charlotte's 49-43 lead at the break.

9 Straight shots buried by the Bobcats to start the fourth quarter. As in, they didn't miss once until




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Points Bryant 8-20 FG 20
Rebounds Gasol 1 OFF 9 DEF 10
Assists Artest, Gasol 5
Steals Gasol 2
Blocks Bryant, Brown, Bynum, Odom 1

POSTGAME QUOTES



Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson

(On tonight’s game)
“I am very disappointed in our performance tonight.  We are embarrassed about what we did and that’s it.”






Lakers center Pau Gasol

(On tonight’s game)
“We didn’t execute well tonight, we turned the ball over a little too much and then defensively we didn’t cover for each other. So everything that could have gone wrong, we pretty much did wrong.”

(On the Bobcats play tonight)
“Obviously they had a good game, no doubt about it.  They shot the ball well, they moved the ball, they got people involved.  Those guys had a good game.”






Lakers forward Lamar Odom

(On the team’s mindset going in to tonight’s game)
“We came out with the right mindset, we just didn’t follow the plan.  Everybody started hitting shots for them.  It was a bad game for us.”

(On playing four games in five nights)
“Everybody goes through that.  We’ve got to control the tempo, play defense and talk and play like you’ve played four games in five nights before.  Rely on each other.”

 







Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas

(On tonight’s game)

“I thought we did everything well tonight.  Offensively and defensively we executed very well.  We took the ball to the basket.  On defense we contested their shots and they didn’t get much off.  Nazr (Mohammed) was big for us tonight, and I was very proud of him and Gerald Henderson.  All of the guys were really good tonight.  It’s just a big win. That’s the largest margin of victory for the Bobcats and that’s the biggest loss for the Lakers this year so it was huge.”

(On winning consecutive games against the Hawks and Lakers)
“I think the win in Atlanta really helped our focus.  Now we know that we can beat good teams.  They (the Lakers) played yesterday and might have been a little tired, but they’re still a great team so beating that team no matter what is very significant to me.”

(On the team’s play tonight)
“I told them tonight that we couldn’t afford to get down 12-2 or something like that and have to fight back again and luckily we didn’t.  They seemed to have a lot of resolve.  I told them I’m so proud of them because they came out with a lot of energy tonight and just played tough.  Eddie (Najera) went in and he was tough.  He brings toughness to our team.  Gerald Henderson, Gerald Wallace and everybody played with a lot of guts, heart and toughness, and I thought that was the key to the game tonight.”

(On defeating the Lakers for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings)
“We just matched up well against them.  I think Boris Diaw did a terrific job tonight.  Their big people didn’t dominate us, and with the small guys, we were contesting their shots.  I don’t know what it is about the Lakers, but the last eight out of 10 games our team has beaten the Lakers and that’s pretty special.”








Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace

(On the importance of tonight’s win)
“It was big.  We’ve won two games in a row and we’re flying to Chicago tonight to try to get a win tomorrow to end the first half of the season on a good note going into the break.”

(On getting out to an early lead)
“The past couple of games we’ve been down and fought our way back, but tonight we were able to get a lead and build on that.  I think everybody stayed with the same goals and the same mindset building the lead.”

(On the play of the bench)
“Everything is easier when our bench comes in and contributes.  When our bench gives us energy and we’re able to go seven, eight, nine deep, it makes things tougher on (opposing) teams.  Now you’ve got guys coming in that are scorers like Gerald Henderson and Shaun Livingston, and Nazr (Mohammed) is a great post-up guy.  It puts pressure on defenses when our second unit is able to come in and build on the lead and it makes things a lot easier for us.  They were able to do that tonight.”







Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson

(On guarding Kobe Bryant)
“It’s tough guarding him obviously because he has so much stuff to go to, but really you just try to be physical with him and try to get him to shoot a contested jump shot.”

(On whether it is fun going against some of the league’s top players)
“I don’t know if (fun) is the word, I think my team just needs me to do it.  I think I do a pretty good job at it and I get myself up to do it.  I think that’s the biggest thing, to go out there and really try to attack them and play as hard as you can and see what happens.”

(On improving his offensive game)
“It’s an ongoing process with shooting and ball-handling.  You can continuously get better at it.  With my game, I’m okay at shooting and doing different things, but I’m always working to try to get better at everything on offense.”








LAKERS VS. BOBCATS GAME PREVIEW

By MATT BECKER, STATS Senior Writer

Battling for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Charlotte Bobcats are showing they can finally beat winning teams.

This shouldn't come as a surprise to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Bobcats look to continue their dominance over the two-time defending NBA champs Monday night when they host a Lakers team trying to bounce back from a disappointing loss.

While Los Angeles (38-17) seems certain to make a sixth straight playoff berth, leading second-place Phoenix by a comfortable margin in the Pacific Division, a second postseason appearance for Charlotte (23-31) is far more in doubt. The Bobcats, who made the playoffs last spring for the first time in the franchise's seven-year history, are two games back of Indiana for eighth place in the East.

Charlotte didn't look much like a playoff contender Saturday in Atlanta, trailing 51-29 with less than 3 minutes left in the first half, but rallied to win 88-86 on Stephen Jackson's last-second jumper over two defenders. Jackson finished with 32 points to lead the 22-point comeback, the largest in franchise history.

"This team doesn't quit," interim coach Paul Silas said. "I've got to give credit to these guys because they very easily could have folded and they didn't."

The victory over the Hawks marked the Bobcats' second straight over a winning team, following Monday's 94-89 victory against East-leading Boston. Prior to that win, Charlotte had lost four straight to teams with winning records, and five of its last six.

Despite their struggles against some of the league's best, the Bobcats have proven they can beat Los Angeles for years.

Charlotte has won four of five over the Lakers, and is 6-2 against them since the start of the 2006-07 season.

Jackson, who averages a team-best 19.2 points, scored 51 in the two games against Los Angeles last season, while Gerald Wallace is averaging 17.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in the last four games he was healthy enough to face the Lakers, all wins.

Los Angeles arrives in Charlotte coming off Sunday's 89-75 loss to Orlando after having won the first four of a seven-game road trip. The Lakers held their fourth opponent in six games to fewer than 90 points, but finished with a season low in scoring and shot 39.3 percent, the first time they finished below 40 percent since losing at San Antonio on Dec. 28.

"Offensively we were really stagnant. Defensively we could have been a little better. But they had 89 points. It was a winnable game as far as points go. But we didn't put any up," said Andrew Bynum, who had 17 points.

Kobe Bryant also scored 17 - 8.4 fewer than his season average - and only had four points after halftime.

Bryant has had success against the Bobcats, but it obviously hasn't led to many wins. The 13-time All-Star is averaging 30.7 points in 11 career games against Charlotte, and this includes a five-point effort last February when he was hobbled by a sprained left ankle.



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(left knee surgery) is not with team.

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Charlotte has a 23-31 record for the season but they are 14-12 since Paul Silas took over for Larry Brown as head coach. Coach Silas has simplified their approach and he has allowed their players to have a little more freedom and this loosening of the reigns has paid off with a winning record so far. The Bobcats are expected to start DJ Augustin and Stephen Jackson at guards, Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw at forwards and former Laker Kwame Brown at center. Augustin is the kind of small, quick, herky-jerky point guards we have had problems with in the past and minimizing his penetrations will be key. and rolls) and see if you can stop them.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers split last season's series with Charlotte 1-1, after losing the 2008-09 series with the Bobcats 0-2. The two teams have met 12 times in all with the Lakers trailing the all-time series 5-7. 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 2-4 overall. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 3-7 against Charlotte. In their first meeting last season at STAPLES Center, the Lakers defeated the Bobcats 99-97, snapping a 3-game home and overall losing streak to Charlotte. In their most recent meeting, the Lakers scored a series low 83 points and lost by a series worst 15 points on 3/5/10. In 2008-09, 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 11 career games against Charlotte, Kobe Bryant is averaging 30.7 points with a high-game of 58 points coming in the triple-overtime contest 12/29/06. On February 7, the Lakers acquired Shannon Brown, along with Adam Morrison, from Charlotte in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic. Additionally, Bobcats Chairman Michael Jordan won six NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls under current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. Bobcats center Kwame Brown played 136 games for the Lakers from 2005-08, averaging 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, before being included in a trade that brought Pau Gasol from Memphis to the Lakers.

GONE FOR THE GRAMMYS
On Friday, February 4th, the Lakers headed to New Orleans, embarking on their annual Grammys Trip. Since STAPLES Center opened prior to the 1999-2000 season, the venue has been host to the Grammy Awards each winter, with the exception of the 2003 Grammy Awards, which were held at Madison Square Garden.
BACK-TO-BACK
Monday's game against Charlotte is the first of a back-to-back set with the Magic and Bobcats. This season, the Lakers are 7-4 in the first game and 9-1 in the second of back-to-backs. On the year, the Lakers will play 15 sets of back-to-back games as opposed to the 20 they faced a season ago. The only other time the Lakers have played 15 or fewer sets of back-to-backs came in the team's first ever NBA season (1948-49) when they also played 15 sets of back-to-backs. Chicago, Milwaukee and Atlanta lead the league with 23 back-to-backs each in 2010-11 while Oklahoma City (17), Phoenix (16) and the Lakers (15) will play the fewest sets this season.

THE COMEBACK KIDS
In their 92-86 victory at Boston February 10, the Lakers overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat the Celtics at TD Garden. The Lakers only other road come from behind victory when trailing by at least 15 points over the past six seasons came with a 16-point comeback win at Chicago on March 21, 2009. Furthermore, the game against the Celtics marked just the second regular season game between the two teams in the last 20 seasons in which each team entered the game at least 20 games above .500. The other matchup occurred on February 5, 2009 at TD Garden, when the Celtics held a 41-9 record and the Lakers were 39-9. The Lakers went on to win that contest with a 110-109 overtime victory.*

30-30 COMBO
In the Lakers 101-95 victory at New Orleans February 5, both Pau Gasol (34) and Kobe Bryant (32) scored 30-plus points in the same contest for the first time since March 1, 2009 at Phoenix, and for the sixth time since becoming teammates in February of 2008. The Lakers are now 5-1 when Bryant and Gasol both score 30-plus points in the same contest. Back on February 4th, 2009, Bryant and Gasol became the first Lakers teammates to post back-to-back 30-point games together since Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal did so on April 10th and 13th, 2003. Bryant and O'Neal both scored 30-plus points in the same contest 33 times as teammates, with the Lakers posting a 27-6 record in those games.

LAKERS COMMIT JUST FOUR TURNOVERS WHILE LIMITING OPPONENT TO A FRANCHISE-LOW FOUR FREE THROW ATTEMPTS
In the Lakers 101-95 victory at New Orleans February 5, the Lakers committed just four turnovers, with New Orleans failing to record a single steal. The last time the Lakers had only four turnovers in a game came in a 110-90 victory over Minnesota on March 6, 2009. The Lakers committed a franchise-low three turnovers in a game on December 30, 2001 in a 114-90 victory vs. Houston. Furthermore, the Hornet's four free throw attempts marks a Lakers opponent franchise-low for free throw attempts in a game in the shot clock era. The previous franchise-low of five opponent free-throw attempts occurred twice, 4/7/06 at Phoenix and 1/6/02 at Toronto.

BRYANT PASSES HAKEEM OLAJUWON FOR 8th ON NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With a fast break dunk at the 3:29 mark of the first quarter 1/28 vs. Sacramento, Kobe Bryant moved past Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) for 8th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Earlier this month, Bryant moved past Oscar Robertson (26,710) 1/7 vs. New Orleans and Dominique Wilkins (26,668) 1/4 vs. Detroit on the all-time list. Should he continue to score anywhere near his current pace (25.4 ppg), Bryant (27,185) would move to 6th on the all-time list by season's end. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant are Elvin Hayes (7th/27,313) and Moses Malone (6th/27,409). Among the top eight scorers in NBA history, more than half (5) have worn the Lakers uniform (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1st), Karl Malone (2nd), Wilt Chamberlain (4th), Shaquille O'Neal (5th) and Bryant (8th)).

Bryant has been steadily moving up the list over the past few years. Earlier this season, with 23 points at Chicago (12/10/10), he passed John Havlicek (26,395) for 11th. Last season, he passed Alex English (25,613), Reggie Miller (25,279), Jerry West (25,192), Patrick Ewing (24,815) and Allen Iverson (24,368). In passing West with a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1, 2010 at Memphis, finishing the game with 44 points (West's retired number), Bryant became the leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. In 2008-09, Bryant passed Gary Payton (21,813) and Hall-of-Famers Charles Barkley (23,757), Robert Parish (23,334), Adrian Dantley (23,177), Elgin Baylor (23,149), Clyde Drexler (22,195) and Larry Bird (21,791).

ODOM & GASOL ENJOY RARE NIGHT FOR LAKERS TEAMMATES
In their 114-106 overtime victory February 1st against the Rockets, Pau Gasol (26 points, 16 rebounds) and Lamar Odom (20 points, 20 rebounds) became the first Lakers teammates in exactly 38 years to the day to post at least 20 points and 16 rebounds in the same game. On February 1, 1973, Wilt Chamberlain (25 points, 19 rebounds) and Bill Bridges (20 points, 16 rebounds) both posted 20-point, 16-rebound games in the Lakers 120-106 victory at Phoenix.

40-POINT GAMES
With 41 points January 30th vs. Boston, Kobe Bryant scored 40+ points for the 106th time (regular season) in his NBA career and the second time this season. Bryant's other 40+ point game this season came in a 92-95 loss 11/28 vs. Indiana (41 points). Last season, Bryant eclipsed the 40-point mark eight times, with the Lakers going 7-1 in those games. In the history of the NBA, only two players have more career 40-point games: Wilt Chamberlain (271) and Michael Jordan (173). The Lakers are now 72- 34 all-time in games that Bryant scores 40+ points. Bryant holds the Lakers franchise record for 40-point games in a single season, recording 27 during the 2005-06 campaign. Bryant also holds the franchise record for most consecutive 40-point games (9), established during the 2002-03 season. Only Wilt Chamberlain (14 twice, 10 once) has had longer consecutive 40-point game streaks in league history than Bryant.

BRYANT YOUNGEST IN NBA HISTORY TO 27,000 POINTS; 8th EVER TO REACH MILESTONE
With his 28th point January 30th vs. Boston, Kobe Bryant reached 27,000 for his career. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to 27,000 points in NBA history (31 years, 160 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (32 years, 202 days) who reached the milestone back on March 11, 1969. Michael Jordan, the only guard in NBA history to score 27,000 points, reached the milestone November 5, 1997 when he was 34 years, 261 days of age. Additionally, Bryant became the 8th player in NBA history to score 27,000 points and the 5th fastest to do so (1,069) in terms of games. Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 27,000, doing so in 780 games, followed by Jordan (852), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (965) and Karl Malone (1,035).
Earlier this season, with his 17th point November 11th at Denver, Bryant reached 26,000 for his career. In doing so, he became the youngest to do so in NBA history (32 years, 80 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (32 years, 114 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33 years, 331 days). Additionally, Bryant became the 12th player in NBA history to score 26,000 points and the 8th fastest to do so (1,030) in terms of games, behind Shaquille O'Neal (1,022). Wilt Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 26,000, doing so in 734 games. Among the remaining top five scorers in NBA history (Chamberlain and O'Neal already mentioned), Michael Jordan reached 26,000 points in 815 games, Abdul-Jabbar in 925 games and Karl Malone in 997 games. The youngest player in league history to accumulate 17,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 27,000 points, Bryant was the 20th fastest to 17,000, 16th fastest to 18,000, 15th fastest to 19,000, 15th fastest to 20,000, 12th fastest to 21,000, 12th fastest to 22,000, 11th fastest to 23,000, 9th fastest to 24,000, 9th fastest to 25,000 and 8th fastest to 26,000 points in terms of games.

KOBE BRYANT IS TOP VOTE GETTER IN 2011 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE
On January 27th, the NBA announced that Kobe Bryant is this year's leading vote-getter in the All-Star Balloting program presented by T-Mobile with 2,380,016 votes. It is the second time Bryant, who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998, has led all players in NBA All-Star balloting (2003) as well as his 13th consecutive All-Star selection; only Jerry West, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O'Neal have more been selected more times consecutively (14 times each). In league history, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19), O'Neal (15), Michael Jordan (14), Malone (14), West (14) and Garnett (14) have more NBA All-Star selections. Andrew Bynum (974,546) finished 2nd among West centers behind Yao Ming (1,146,426) while Chris Paul (1,281,591) will start at guard alongside Bryant in the West. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, the second leading vote-getter overall with 2,099,204, led the Eastern Conference in balloting. Starting alongside Howard in the East are LeBron James (2,053,011) and Amar'e Stoudemire (1,674,995) at forward and Dwyane Wade (2,048,175) and Derrick Rose (1,914,996) in the backcourt.

With the 2011 results in, Bryant has now led the Western Conference in all-star balloting in each of the last four seasons. Last season, Bryant received 2,456,224 votes, finishing second overall to Cleveland's LeBron James (2,549,693). In 2008-09, he accumulated 2,805,397 votes, finishing third in overall balloting behind Dwight Howard (3,150,181) and James (2,940,823). In 2007-08, Bryant garnered 2,004,940 votes to finish fourth in overall voting behind Kevin Garnett (2,399,148), James (2,108,831) and Howard (2,066,991). In 2006-07, when he earned his second All-Star MVP, Bryant finished third overall in balloting behind James and Yao Ming. A three-time All-Star MVP (2002 Philadelphia, 2007 Las Vegas, 2009 Phoenix), Bryant is now a 13-time All-Star. He had started 11 consecutive All-Star games before missing last year's contest due to a sprained left ankle.





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