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article imageNBA: Bobcats give Lakers most lopsided defeat of the season

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 15, 2011 in Sports
Charlotte - The Lakers were once 4-0 on this road trip, but they went to Orlando and lost. They have dropped two in a row with this loss to the Bobcats. The Bobcats beat the Lakers 109-89 giving them the most lopsided loss of the season.
Coming off a disappointing loss to the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers (38-18) came into Time Warner Cable Arena to face the Charlotte Bobcats (24-31) in their sixth road game on this “Grammy” road trip. After a few practices with owner Michael Jordan playing in their scrimmages the Bobcats are now 3-2, and look like they are in the race for the final eighth spot in the East.
The game started out with the Lakers going on a 10-4 run, getting the score to 12-8 before the Bobcats called a timeout. The Bobcats bounced back to tie the game at 20 with 2:29 left in the quarter. The Lakers only scored two more points as the Bobcats scored four to take a 24-22 lead at the end of the first.
The second quarter began and the Bobcats jumped out on them going on a 10-6 run going up 37-28 at the 7:15 mark. The Lakers got it close at 34-39, but the Bobcats just pulled away pushing their lead up to 11. The Lakers knocked it down to six going into halftime with a 5-0 run. The Bobcats still went into halftime with the lead 49-43.
Kobe missed 9 of his 13 shoots and shot two airballs in the first half. The Lakers also committed 10 turnovers in the first half and finished the game with 12 total.
The Bobcats got big scoring from Gerald Wallace with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Boris Diaw added 16 points, but the bench did the bulk of the scoring. Nazr Mohammed scored 16 points and Gerald Henderson added 18 to be the second highest scorer in the game.
Lakers were lead by Kobe Bryant who had 20 points, and had only Pau Gasol and Ron Artest score in double digits. Gasol scored 17 points while Artest had 10. The bench struggled again as no one scored more than ten.
The Lakers outrebounded the Bobcats this game 42-37, but their shooting was off as the Lakers shoot just 43.8 percent from the floor and 15.8 percent from the behind the arc. Coach Phil Jackson was so upset he used all of his timeouts before the fourth quarter except one full timeout.
The Bobcats took over in the third and the Lakers had no answer for what the Bobcats put out. Leading 64-57, the Bobcats went on a 14-3 run to close out the quarter. The Lakers team combined only scored17 points in this quarter as the Bobcats scored 29. Wallace knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bobcats an 18 point lead going into the fourth 78-60.
Kobe tried to bring the Lakers back but he could not put them over the hump. He picked up two quick fouls while scoring eight points before leaving the game at the 5:20 mark. The Bobcats were up 100-75 at one point and did not look back after that. Mohammed scored 10 points in this quarter as the Bobcats cruised to victory.
The Bobcats had a weird start to the game with D.J. Augustin (7 points and 9 rebounds) not scheduled to play with a wrist injury. Coach Paul Silas declared him out, but two hours before the game started D.J. taped the wrist and was ready to play.
Do to Diaw oversleeping and missing shootarounds, Silas said he was not going to start him. Diaw started anyway and had good game for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats have now won two in a row and will face a tough Chicago Bulls team in Chicago Tuesday Feb.15.
The Lakers on the other hand have now lost two in a row and will look to bounce back on the final game of this road trip against the lowly Cleveland Cavs Wednesday Feb. 16.
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