Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 10/21

Game 1: Friday, October 21st
Game 2: Sunday, October 23rd

Bobcats 97

(2-5, 1-4 away)

Lakers 98

(4-3, 4-3 home)

    9:30 PM ET, October 23, 2005

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 16 32 23 2697
    LAL 27 16 28 2798

    Bryant scores 25, Lakers hold off Bobcats

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Kobe Bryant scored 25 points, including his team's last field goal with 50 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Lakers held on for a 98-97 preseason victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night.

    The Lakers (4-2) beat the Bobcats for the second time in three days.

    Primoz Brezec had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Charlotte (2-5).

    With the Lakers ahead, 96-94 with less than a minute to play, Bryant took a pass from Chris Mihm and hit a fadeaway jumper. It was Bryant's only basket of the fourth quarter.

    Matt Carroll, who helped rally Charlotte from a nine point deficit early in the fourth quarter, made a three-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 15 points. Kareem Rush, a former Laker, had 14 points while Raymond Felton had 12 and Emeka Okafor had 10.

    Mihm, who missed four straight free-throws in the final 2:05, had 14 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Lamar Odom also had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers. William "Smush" Parker added 13 points.

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