Kobe Bryant sank the go-ahead free throws in the final 37 seconds of the Los Angeles Lakers' 88-85 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Kobe scored a season-high 21 points and helped the Lakers to their first win since his season debut last Sunday. Pau Gasol hit two free-throws after the Bobcats failed to convert in the final seconds to seal the game.
Kobe was more aggressive with his shot, putting up a season-high 15 attempts. He made two three-point attempts after missing all five of his previous attempts on the season, and finished with a season-high 21 points. His turnover problems continue, coughing up the rock another seven times but Kobe Bryant, Starting Point Guard also had eight assists.
Charlotte held the lead through the entire third quarter. Robert Sacre gave the Lakers the lead at the 8:50 mark of the fourth quarter. Gasol struggled from the field after shooting 60 percent Friday night. He made just six of his game-high 18 attempts and turned the ball over six times.
The Bobcats scored 40 points the paint but missed eight of their nine three-point attempts. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 24 points for Charlotte on an efficient 10-for-13 shooting performance.
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