In his fourth game back from a torn Achilles tendon, Los Angeles Lakers’ shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in an 88-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on the road.
The Lakers outscored the Bobcats by seven points in the fourth quarter to overcome a three-point deficit heading into the final quarter. Bryant hit two free throws with 37 seconds left to give the team a lead they would not relinquish. Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol added 15 points apiece, and Nick Young added 13 more off the bench. Gasol also had four blocks and seven rebounds to aid in the victory.
At the half, the Lakers had a 44-43 lead, but were outscored 25-20 in the third quarter to lose their lead. Bryant and Young scored 12 of the team’s 24 points in the fourth quarter to put the Lakers on top.
It was the Lakers’ first win since the return of Bryant and came against a team they have struggled with historically. The win improved their record to 11-12 on the season.
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