The Charlotte Bobcats really tried. They did.
But they’re just better at losing than winning, and they couldn’t stay on top of the Lakers for ever Friday night.
the Bobcats were +3 in turnover margin, just -2 in rebounds and they were pretty close to LA in every other statistical category…
Charlotte missed six of their freebies and shot just 68 percent from the line. The Lakers missed five, but shot more, and went 80 percent from the line.
Bismack Biyombo continued his recent trend of strong play with eight points and ten boards, Kemba Walker scored 18 points and dished out eight assists, and Byron Mullens and Gerald Henderson scored 20 points each.
Seven-feet-of-smooth also grabbed 12 boards.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also grabbed 10 boards on the night.
The Bobcats also did a good job of corralling Kobe Bryant… in the first half.
He didn’t score until the third quarter, but he ended up with 20 points on the night.
And stats don’t win games (well, kind-of), final scores win games.
LA ended up with 100 points, and Charlotte finished with just 93 points.
Antwan Jamison, who could’ve been a Bobcat this year, scored nine points in 19 minutes. The former Laker, Ramon Sessions, scored 12 points and dished out seven assists in 29 minutes.