NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Charlotte
(Friday, February 3rd)
Final Score: Charlotte 112, LA Lakers 102
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Jumaine Jones came through with a career-high 31 points as Charlotte ended its franchise-worst 13-game losing streak with a 112-102 home victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Primoz Brezec added 22 points while Raymond Felton had 16 along with eight assists for the Bobcats, who hadn't won since a 111-106 double-overtime decision against Houston on January 10.
Jones, who played for Los Angeles last season, ended 13-of-20 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range. He was averaging just 7.8 points per game coming in.
"Obviously it was sweet revenge for him," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson's of Jones' performance.
Kobe Bryant finished with 35 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, but the league's current leading scorer failed to make a field goal in the fourth quarter. Smush Parker scored 19 points in the loss, Los Angeles' third in four outings to begin its seven-game road trip.
The Lakers played like a road-weary club for much of the night. LA fell behind by 18 points in the first half, committed 23 total turnovers and struggled offensively with the game tight in the fourth quarter.
Jones had two quick baskets as Charlotte began the game on a 7-0 run, then later buried back-to-back three-pointers to turn a five-point lead into double-digits with 3:50 left in the first quarter. A triple from Kareem Rush a minute later gave the Bobcats a comfortable 32-18 advantage.
"You're going to get that extra energy boost playing against the team that traded you," Jones stated. "I was anxious to get out and play."
Charlotte shot 62 percent in the opening period, with Jones making all six of his field-goal tries in a 16-point effort, and was ahead 40-25 after the initial 12 minutes.
The Bobcats extended the margin to 18 points early in the second quarter and led 57-43 with under two minutes to go in the half. However, Los Angeles put together a 10-2 run to get back into it.
Bryant started things with a three-point play and Parker drained a shot from beyond the arc with 28 seconds on the clock to bring the Lakers within 59-53. Charlotte's Brevin Knight then closed out the half by making two free throws.
Los Angeles continued to inch closer during the third quarter and cut the deficit to 84-81 on Chris Mihm's layup and free throw with just over a minute to go. After Charlotte's Jake Voskuhl scored on the other end, Bryant sank a three-pointer with 28 seconds left in the period to pull his club within 86-84.
However, the Lakers couldn't make a basket over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and the Bobcats built a 96-88 lead.
"The shots didn't fall for us tonight," said Bryant. "This is the game plan teams are going to deploy against us. We have to be ready to step in and take the responsibility and the accountability to knock those shots down."
Los Angeles had a belated 8-3 spurt ending with Mihm's three-point play with 2:25 remaining, but Felton knocked down a trey seconds later to put Charlotte up 102-96. Brezec hit a clutch outside shot shortly afterward to help keep the Lakers at bay.
Jones' previous career-high of 28 points was set with Cleveland against the New York Knicks on December 28, 2001...The victory was Charlotte's first in four lifetime meetings with the Lakers...Knight recorded 15 points and 10 assists in the win...Los Angeles played without forward Lamar Odom, who sprained a rib in Wednesday's loss at Indiana...Mihm finished with 15 points and nine rebounds...Charlotte's 40 first-quarter points were the team's most in any period this season.
02/04 00:33:00 ET