The last time the Lakers played the Charlotte Bobcats, Phil Jackson was noticeably irritated after the loss and barely spoke to the press. Coach Jackson was more than likely irked by the fact that Charlotte had beaten the Lakers eight of the last 10 games.
So tonight at Staples Center, the streaking Lakers may have played with a bit of chip on their shoulder, beating the Bobcats, 92-84.
Kobe Bryant scored 27 points on 10-of-25 shooting. Paul Gasol added 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers have struggled against the Bobcats over the years. But right now the Lakers are among the hottest teams in the NBA, having won six games in a row. The Bobcats never led in the second half.
Center Andrew Bynum had a season-high 17 rebounds, to go along with a season-high six blocks.
Derek Fisher hurt his elbow, and is listed as day-to-day, putting his 476 consecutive-game streak in jeopardy.
Matt Barnes, who was activated to play, did not enter the game.
D.J. Augustin led all Bobcats in scoring with 22 points.
The Lakers face San Antonio, who blew out the Heat tonight, on Sunday afternoon.