February 1, 2012- The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday night 106-76. The embarrassing loss was the 19th for the Bobcats. The Bobcats are a lowly 3-19 for the season. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 24 points and Andrew Bynum chipped in with 20.
The Lakers now will head out on the road where they are only 2-7. This season they have been dismal on the road while winning 11 of 13 at home. Bryant said the team had to forget about being on the road and go out and play their game.
He said their opponents have taken advantage on the offensive boards and that the Lakers need to lower the number of second shots they give their opposing teams.
Tuesday night Bynum led the Lakers with 11 rebounds and Andrew Goudelock came off the bench to score 12. The Lakers’ bench outscored the Bobcats’ reserves 48-30 on the night. Three of the five Lakers’ starters did not play the entire fourth quarter, while the other two played only five minutes.
Bryant praised the reserves saying, “They played very well. It helps us to get needed rest and allows them to show their stuff to the coaches.”
It was the biggest victory the Lakers have had against Charlotte. Prior to Tuesday night, Charlotte had beaten Los Angeles 8 out of the last 11 times they faced off.