[pullquote]The Lakers finished the game on a 9-0 run to sneak out of Charlotte with a three-point win, bringing their three-game losing streak to an end.
In a contest that saw 23 lead changes and in which no team led by double digits, the game was of course up for grabs right until the very end. But it felt like an escape act for the Lakers – perhaps because the final three-point margin of victory was actually their largest lead of the game.
The Lakers held the Bobcats scoreless over the game’s final 2:49, with their defense forcing the Bobcats to miss all eight of their field goal attempts. At the other end of the court, Nick Young hit a three pointer, Kobe Bryant converted a driving lay-up, and both Bryant and Pau Gasol went 2-2 from the free throw line.[/pullquote]