At one point in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Bobcats, the home team was down by 18 points. No, that isn’t a typo – down 18 points at home. That single fact encapsulates the Lakers’ season thus far better than anything else possibly could.
Ultimately L.A. mounted a comeback against the worst team in the NBA last season and prevailed 101-100, but the end result was far more a byproduct of Charlotte giving the outing away than Los Angeles taking it.
Kobe Bryant led the way for the Lakers with 30 points on 11-of-24 shooting. Metta World Peace and Jodie Meeks each pitched in 17 points off the bench. Dwight Howard finished with a quiet 16 points and 18 rebounds. And Pau Gasol, in his first game back, put together a nice little line: 10 points (admittedly on three-of-10 shooting), nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
As usual, Kemba Walker led the way for Charlotte with 28 points and seven assists. Four Bobcats players managed to put up double figure points against this woeful Lakers defense.
Check out the highlights from last night’s action in the video below.