Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/21

Game 1: Friday, October 21st
Bobcats93Final
Lakers109
Game 2: Sunday, October 23rd
Bobcats97Final
Lakers98

Bobcats 93

(2-4, 1-3 away)

Lakers 109

(3-3, 3-3 home)

    Coverage: FSW

    7:30 PM ET, October 21, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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    CHA 26 32 24 1193
    LAL 24 30 31 24109

    Kobe nets 27 as Lakers defeat Bobcats

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and Chris Mihm got seven of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 109-93 exhibition victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

    Matt Carroll scored 21 points off the bench for the Bobcats, who were missing Emeka Okafor with back spasms, Gerald Wallace because of a sore right wrist and Raymond Felton due to a sore left wrist. Brevin Knight had 14 points and nine assists for Charlotte.

    Neither team led by more than three points over the last 9:18 of the third quarter. The Bobcats were held scoreless over the first 5:45 of the fourth, missing seven shots during that stretch and committing three of their 19 turnovers.

    The Lakers pulled away with a pair of three-point plays by Chris Mihm 21 seconds apart, taking a 93-82 lead with 6:27 to play. Jake Voskuhl and Melvin Ely each fouled out on the layups by Mihm, and Los Angeles scored nine straight points for a 102-84 lead after Bernard Robinson's dunk ended Charlotte's scoring drought.

    Lakers forward Lamar Odom played 23 minutes, going 0-for-6 from the field. He got his first assist of the game in the third quarter on an alley-oop feed converted by Kwame Brown, whose slam dunk gave the Lakers a 67-64 lead with 7:35 left in the period.

    Bryant, who scored 21 fourth-quarter points and hit a game-winning jumper in the final second the last time the teams met on March 12 at Charlotte, N.C., matched that total in the first half. But the Bobcats led 58-54 at intermission with 12 points each from Carroll and Knight.

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