Bobcats build hole Kobe, Lakers can’t escape

ESPN: Jason Richardson had 34 points and 10 rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets stunned the Los Angeles Lakers 108-95 on Wednesday night in a game where Kobe Bryant drew two technical fouls in a span of 29 seconds late in the fourth quarter and was ejected.

The loss dropped the Lakers (49-23) into a three-way tie for second place in the Western Conference with Houston and San Antonio. They trail the New Orleans Hornets by one game.

Matt Carroll added 18 points and Gerald Wallace had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Bobcats (26-56), who won for just the second time in eight games and snapped a six-game road losing streak.

Raymond Felton added 13 points and 10 assists and Emeka Okafor had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte, which outrebounded the Lakers 52-40.

Bryant had 27 points and six rebounds before leaving with 3:40 left and the Bobcats leading 99-86. Lamar Odom had 18 points and nine rebounds, Ronnie Turiaf scored 12 and Sasha Vujacic and Luke Walton added 11 each for the Lakers.

Lakers center Pau Gasol missed his seventh straight game with a sprained left ankle. He said before the game he aggravated the injury earlier this week, and hopes to return by next Wednesday.

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  • Lakers

    I TOLD YOU THAT LAKERS SHOULD HAVE NEVER RELAXED. THIS TEAM MATCH UP VERY WELL AGAINST US. YOU GUYS NEED TO LISTEN TO ME MORE.

    “NBA IS ALL ABOUT MATCH UPS”- KOBE BRYANT

  • e

    the title explains it all…lakers have been thinking that they’ll be able to pick themselves up in the second half, but they’re lack of defense and lazy passes have really gotten to them

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    The Lakers were about to take over the game when Jackson’s erratic substitions cost The Lakers the game today. Lakers had no energy until-believe it or not, Mbenga was inserted into the line up…But instead of keeping the run going, when Kobe came back in, he took Mbenga out, instead of Luke; and the Lakers got outsized and it showed big time.

  • qazqazqaz

    Charlotte Hornets?
    I agree, the Lakers were on a good run when Mbenga was in. We needed Mbenga’s size in the fourth and he was effectively defending Okafor. Once he got subbed out, we had no size.

  • Kobe Forever

    We need Pau as soon as possible because if he doesn’t comeback on Sunday the Lakers will struggle beating the Wizards, and they will go down to the 5th or 6th seed.

  • MILO

    Ever since Pau went out the Lakers have been atempting too many 3′s that the reason of the loss against the Warriors and tonight’s loss as well……………

  • phaman

    yes this game was horrible…turnovers…missed shots…lack of defense…but its just one game…and what pisses me off isn’t that we lost…but the reaction of these so called “laker fans”…puttin the blame on the players…bashin all of em on what they did wrong but when they win they’re all “LAKER PRIDE”…i bet they’re the same kind of fans who aren’t laker fans when lakers weren’t winning…example the first lakers fiesta this season i’d say about 400 people or more was there(this was when lakers were barely winning)…and this past weekend at the second fiesta thousands were proud to say they were laker fans…why?…cause now we’re winning?…if ur gonna be laker fans then be a fan and support…dont just hop on the band wagon.

  • lakers1fan

    I just one thing to say….WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT???? Lakers lost to a sub 500 team????:cry: This was a depressing game to watch!

  • David

    Not all that surprised. Bobcats beat us both games last year also. We barely beat them this year and they were playing without wallace. They just matchup great against us.

  • ab17

    everybody needs to stfu!!!!!
    yea were playing awful but look at the brightside,
    once playoff time comes around we’re near damn unstoppable with everyone healthy so just be patient u gotta just be patient don’t expect to be spoiled forever,tough losses like these are gonna come around and s h i t happens so be patient…….

  • Jack

    unbelievable. pau be back asap. this is horrible.

  • BringDFishBack

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  • BringDFishBack

    Pau ain’t gonna help in games like this. Pau isn’t going to make much of a difference. Bynum and Ariza will make diffferneces because they are good defenders. Ariza can be put on a wing and slow them down while Bynum prevents easy hoops inside. That’s what the Lakers need. Sorry, but Pau won’t do anything. Sure he can score, but Turiaf is a much better inside defender, just look at his blocks. Until everyone else picks it up, nothing is going to get better. No one should be depending on Pau to come back and save them, because that is not going to happen. Kobe needs to make an effort on the defensive end and pass the ball on offense. Sasha needs to stop talking bad shots. I am not saying he’s bad, when his feet are set the ball goes in 90% of the time, but when they are not it goes in like 5% of the time. If he can learn when it is the right time to shoot, he will be much more effective. Farmar is exposing the ball early and as a result getting blocked a lot. Odom is playing out of his mind but they are not looking for him at all on offense. Ronny needs to be less selfish and shoot more, esp. inside. Overall on the defensive end everyone needs to pick it up. They are constantly getting beat and people are getting good looks inside.

    Also, does anyone else notice the constant 3 in the key calls they are getting? That is KILLING them, it’s just free points and turnovers.

  • Keep Odom

    It is so hard to see the Lakers loose. Getting into the playoffs is priority number one. But getting home court advantage is also important. The Lakers have a good road record but the playoffs are different. What happens with a lot of teams is that they bring their A game to play the Lakers. We generate so much attention that a lot of players have their best games against us. Why do you think the opposing teams have so much energy in the begining but by the 3rd quarter the excitement wears off. But the problem is that the Lakers fail to match that intensity from the begining. The best part of this whole thing to me is that this current Laker team is so damn good without Pau, Bynum and Ariza. Just wait until they come back!

  • xtro

    Stupid!!!

  • daboss1848

    Hats off to our coaching staff and our players for not showing up yesterday and taking a well deserved rest from the team game of basketball.

  • http://lakers tradeLuke

    SO MAddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd

    cant afford to lost these games in the competive western conference

    C’mON know CHARLOTTE BOBCATS @ HOME…danggg we need WINSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • T-Dub

    What the hell do you people want. We missing our starting center and PF, 2nd center and SF…and we’re still at the top of the west! we’ll be fine when we guys back. Our seeding, who or where we play will not matter. You take 4 of the top ten players from any team in this league…Do you think they’ll be where we are??? We can’t win all the games missing these guys. RELAX!!!!!!

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    ONCE AGAIN LUKE HAD A CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER GAME. HE IS SUCH AN ASSET TO OUR TEAM. IM SO GLAD WE PLAY HIM THE ENTIRE GAME. FUK I WISH THIS WAS TRUE BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT HE IS A PIECE OF $HIT THAT KEEPS CAUSING PROBLEMS AND WE KEEP PLAYING HIM WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?

  • DCLAKER

    Teams are gonna continue to attack the paint because of the absence of AB/Pau,LO is NOT A CENTER and neither is Ronny,so of course they’re going to lose games like this.

    The Kobe technical call,I like it for certain reasons,1,it’s showing what Phil has been saying the whole time(especially about the refs and Kobe),there’s definitely a WITCH HUNT against him,2,they(refs)determine the outcome of any game or sport,sad but true.

    I will say Kobe does need to keep his cool considering they were only down 6.

  • daboss1848

    Chicky baby always said refs never control the outcome of the game.
    Chicky baby also said that no game ever came down to one play.

    Chicky thought that the fans would overblow in their minds a certain play and focus on that as a deciding factor – but in reality a game consists of so many individual parts that no game comes down to one play or the refs.

    KB could easily be hit with at least one T in every game for his constant verbal barrage and animation after non calls. In fact, if you look at other fan sites or articles in other cities, their position is that KB gets away with way too much and gets rewarded more than anyone.

    As fans, we’re all jaded b/c these are our guys. But when u step away and try to be objective . . . good luck with that!

  • DCLAKER

    Caron for Luke,F@$# it,let’s talk about something else(or someone else).

  • ab17

    yessit

  • BringDFishBack

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    WOW! Maybe you should watch the game before you make stupid comments. Luke had a +7 for the game, second to only DJ who had a +8. The best +/- for a starter was Vlad at -6. Odom was -16, Kobe and Fish -18 and Ronny -21. Luke had the 3rd highest shooting %, as he was 4/7 (only behind Odom’s 7/10 and DJ’s 2/2). Kobe was 8/22, which simplified is 4/11. It took kobe 4 more shot attempts to make the same amount of baskets. Look was 3/3 from the line, second to only Turiaf who was 4 for 4. Luke only had 1 TO, the only people who had 0 were Turiaf and DJ, and only Farmar and Fish also had 1.

    Now, lets compare Kobe’s stats to Luke’s had both played the same amount of minutes (48). Luke: 25 points on 56% (9/16) shooting from the field and 100% (7/7) from the line, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 0 turnovers and 0 fouls. Kobe: 32 points on 38% (10/26) shooting from the field (2/7 from 3, 29%) and 79% (11/14) from the line, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 turnovers, and 5 fouls.

    You’re going to say Luke had a bad game?

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    I’m sorry, but to say that Pau Gasol would not make a difference is just plain ignorant!…..Geeeeeez

  • BringDFishBack

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    He won’t make a difference on the defensive end, which is why they are losing these games.

  • Lakers 24 7

    I just think the Lakers were still tired from that back-to-back with Golden State, and maybe Mbenga should start and Turiaf can go back to being a PF, I think so, why sign a center and play him for 2 minutes every 10 games? Mbenga should get more minutes til Bynum is back, hes not all that good but he is still a presence in the post, Lakers givin up too many points in the paint, and youll never know, Mbenga might surprise the coaching staff.

  • Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    There is not a human being alive that would play a lick, let alone thrive with 2 minutes every ten games….Mbenga is a true seven footer with athleticism and is being wasted by Jackson’s stubborn history of trying/playing unknown talent…Most people might not even be aware or remember how Mbenga, when given ample minutes, more than held his own and performed very well, against our own Andrew Bynum this year….He most definitely is a presence in the paint, something The Lakers (without him) do not possess at this point in time.