NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at LA Lakers
(Friday, January 26th)
Final Score: Charlotte 106, LA Lakers 97 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Carroll scored 24 points and pulled down six rebounds as Charlotte escaped with a 106-97 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.
Carroll finished 8-of-15 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 from the line while Emeka Okafor poured in 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Bobcats, who have won three of their last five contests.
Gerald Wallace had 18 points and nine boards, Raymond Felton contributed 14 points with four assists, and Adam Morrison donated 13 points off the bench for Charlotte.
"We left the best player in the league open to tie the game at the end of regulation, but we took control in the overtime," Wallace said. "We did a great job to outscore them in the paint."
Kobe Bryant netted 32 points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out five helpers for the Lakers while becoming the fastest player in NBA history to score 18,000 points. He accomplished the feat at 28 years of age and in 156 days, topping Wilt Chamberlain's mark in 166 days.
Smush Parker scored 12 points while Andrew Bynum recorded a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles, which have dropped three of four. Lamar Odom made his return after missing 21 games because of a sprained MCL in his right knee and finished with 12 points.
With the Lakers up 74-72 after three quarters of play, Charlotte went on a 9-2 run -- capped by Wallace's layup -- to take an 89-86 lead with 2:37 to play. Following a pair of Odom free throws, Wallace hit another layup to make it 91-88 with 9.6 seconds left.
Bryant then got an open look from the top right of the arc and drained a trey with 1.6 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Bryant finished with 13 points in the fourth quarter.
In the extra session, Carroll drilled a 25-foot three-pointer to make it 96-91 as the Bobcats dominated by outscoring the Lakers, 15-6.
"Kobe earned his points tonight," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "The kids kept playing, it was a good team effort."
Charlotte led by as many as 11 after Wallace's turnaround jumper with 4:47 left in the first, but Bryant nailed a running jump shot to cut Los Angeles' deficit to 27-21 after one quarter of play.
In the second, the Bobcats held the Lakers at arm's length for much of the frame until Luke Walton capped the stanza by drilling a three-pointer as Los Angeles trailed 51-49 at the half.
Early in the third, Walton came down hard on Bynum's foot and twisted his right ankle. Walton, who did not return, had to be helped off the court and was later diagnosed with a moderate ankle sprain.
After Wallace drained a driving layup to make it 55-51 in favor of Charlotte, the Lakers ripped off seven straight points, including five from Bryant, for a 58-55 edge with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.
Then, with 1:32 left, Jeff McInnis's lay-in and Morrison's jumper put the Bobcats back on top, 72-69. However, Maurice Evans followed up with a dunk and Ronny Turiaf converted a three-point play as Los Angeles led 74-72 entering the fourth.
Charlotte finished 44.6 percent shooting from the field while Los Angeles shot 42 percent...Evans finished with 11 points.
01/27 01:57:43 ET