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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CHARLOTTE        22   19   21   28    90   
      LA LAKERS        27   23   27   24    101     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CHA - PRIMOZ BREZEC 15, KAREEM RUSH 13, GERALD
                      WALLACE 10
                LAL - CHUCKY ATKINS 20, CARON BUTLER 20, CHRIS
                      MIHM 16

HIGH REBOUND:   CHA - JAMAL SAMPSON 12, PRIMOZ BREZEC 10, 
                      EMEKA OKAFOR 10
                LAL - CHRIS MIHM 12, LAMAR ODOM 9, BRIAN COOK 
                      7

HIGH ASSISTS:   CHA - JASON HART 7, BREVIN KNIGHT 5, PRIMOZ 
                      BREZEC 3
                LAL - LAMAR ODOM 7, CHUCKY ATKINS 6, TIERRE 
                      BROWN 2

         ATT:   18,532

Box Score

CHARLOTTE (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Wallace 25 4-13 1-2 0-1 2 2 10 E Okafor 28 2-10 3-6 4-10 1 5 7 P Brezec 33 7-13 1-3 5-10 3 5 15 K Rush 30 5-16 0-0 0-1 2 2 13 J Hart 25 4-7 0-0 0-3 7 2 8 J Sampson 19 2-3 0-0 2-12 1 4 4 J Kapono 18 4-9 0-0 0-0 2 1 8 B Knight 23 4-8 0-0 0-3 5 1 8 M Ely 15 2-4 2-4 3-3 1 0 6 K Bogans 18 3-6 0-0 0-5 1 1 6 S Smith 6 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 0 5 B Robinson Jr DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-91 9-17 14-49 25 23 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.529. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (G Wallace 1-4, K Rush 3-5, J Kapono 0-1, K Bogans 0-1, S Smith 1-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:9 (E Okafor 3, G Wallace 2, M Ely 2, J Hart, J Sampson). Turnovers:10 (J Hart 3, K Bogans 3, B Knight, M Ely, P Brezec, J Kapono). Steals: 8 (G Wallace 2, P Brezec 2, E Okafor 2, J Hart, K Rush). LA LAKERS (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jones 40 3-7 0-0 1-6 1 1 8 L Odom 33 6-14 2-2 0-9 7 4 15 C Mihm 27 6-11 4-7 2-12 1 5 16 C Butler 45 6-11 8-9 0-2 1 1 20 C Atkins 38 6-10 6-7 0-1 6 1 20 B Grant 18 1-2 2-4 0-3 1 1 4 T Brown 10 2-7 1-1 0-0 2 0 5 B Cook 15 5-7 0-0 1-7 0 2 13 S Vujacic 12 0-5 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 S Medvedenko 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 L Walton DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Bobbitt DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 23-30 5-43 19 15 101 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (J Jones 2-5, L Odom 1-2, C Mihm 0-1, C Atkins 2-5, B Cook 3-3, S Vujacic 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:6 (C Mihm 5, L Odom). Turnovers:12 (C Mihm 4, C Butler 3, C Atkins 2, L Odom 2, J Jones). Steals: 3 (C Butler 3). ------------------------------------------- CHARLOTTE 22 19 21 28 - 90 LA LAKERS 27 23 27 24 - 101 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Charlotte - 1 (J Sampson, 0:48 2nd). La Lakers - 1 (C Atkins, 0:48 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,532. T: 2:03. Officials: Bernie Fryer, David Jones, Jason Phillips.


Extended Box

CHARLOTTE (90) AT LA LAKERS (101) CHARLOTTE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === G WALLACE F 25 4-13 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 2 0 10 E OKAFOR F 28 2-10 3-6 4 6 10 1 5 2 0 7 P BREZEC C 33 7-13 1-3 5 5 10 3 5 2 1 15 K RUSH G 30 5-16 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 13 J HART G 25 4-7 0-0 0 3 3 7 2 1 3 8 J SAMPSON 19 2-3 0-0 2 10 12 1 4 0 0 4 J KAPONO 18 4-9 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 8 B KNIGHT 23 4-8 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 0 1 8 M ELY 15 2-4 2-4 3 0 3 1 0 0 1 6 K BOGANS 18 3-6 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 0 3 6 S SMITH 6 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 B ROBINSON JR DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-91 9-17 14 35 49 25 23 8 10 90 (.418) (.529) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JONES F 40 3-7 0-0 1 5 6 1 1 0 1 8 L ODOM F 33 6-14 2-2 0 9 9 7 4 0 2 15 C MIHM C 27 6-11 4-7 2 10 12 1 5 0 4 16 C BUTLER G 45 6-11 8-9 0 2 2 1 1 3 3 20 C ATKINS G 38 6-10 6-7 0 1 1 6 1 0 2 20 B GRANT 18 1-2 2-4 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 4 T BROWN 10 2-7 1-1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 B COOK 15 5-7 0-0 1 6 7 0 2 0 0 13 S VUJACIC 12 0-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 S MEDVEDENKO 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L WALTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION T BOBBITT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-76 23-30 5 38 43 19 15 3 12 101 (.461) (.767) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12 (13 PTS) CHARLOTTE 22 19 21 28 - 90 LA LAKERS 27 23 27 24 - 101 BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - E OKAFOR 3, G WALLACE 2, M ELY 2, J HART, J SAMPSON. LA LAKERS - C MIHM 5, L ODOM. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 5-13 (.385), G WALLACE 1-4, K RUSH 3- 5, J KAPONO 0-1, K BOGANS 0-1, S SMITH 1-2. LA LAKERS 8-17 (.471), J JONES 2-5, L ODOM 1-2, C MIHM 0-1, C ATKINS 2-5, B COOK 3-3, S VUJACIC 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: CHARLOTTE - J SAMPSON. LA LAKERS - C ATKINS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DAVID JONES, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 18,532. T - 2:03.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Lakers got back on track by taking advantage of a team that never seems to get it in gear away from home. Chucky Atkins continued his solid play of late with 20 points and Lamar Odom had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Lakers snapped a three-game slide with a 101-90 triumph over the reeling Charlotte Bobcats. Caron Butler added 20 points and Chris Mihm had 16 - all in the first half - and 12 rebounds for the Lakers (23-19), who snapped their longest losing streak of the season. Los Angeles also evened its record at 4-4 since star Kobe Bryant injured his right ankle on January 13. The Lakers seized a 50-41 halftime lead behind Mihm's productive start and turned the game into a rout early in the third quarter. The Bobcats did not quit and got within 96-90 following a 3-pointer by Gerald Wallace with 58 seconds to go. Any hopes Charlotte had of an upset vanished when Butler hit a free throw with 46 seconds left. Atkins then sealed the game with two shots from the line 10 seconds later. "It's good to get on the winning track and go from here," said Mihm, who battled foul trouble. "Guys haven't been sleeping too well the past week, losing three is tough." "Tonight, the thought pattern was simple: just to win, that's what we needed to do," Odom said. "We were on a three-game slide and desperately needed to get this game. This was the longest losing streak of the year, you want to stay away from there. You guys ever hear of the snowball effect?" Atkins has at least 20 points in four of his last six contests. "We needed a win, man," Atkins said. "It was either win or take another loss. We did a good job of coming out with a lot of energy against a team that isn't really playing for anything now, and we were able to come up with a win." Lakers assistant Frank Hamblen filled in for coach Rudy Tomjanovich, who missed the game with a stomach ailment. Hamblen, who has five championship rings as part of Phil Jackson's staffs in Chicago and Los Angeles, faced little pressure against the expansion club. "Frank did a great job tonight and guys responded well," Mihm said. "We did a good job from start to finish." While Tomjanovich was absent, Bryant did join his teammates on the bench for the first time since he went down. "It gives us a psychological lift," Odom said. "He's our leader, he's our best player. He just has that aura about him, just having him on the bench helps." Primoz Brezec led Charlotte (9-32) with 15 points and former Laker Kareem Rush chipped in 13. But Rush was 5-of-16 from the field and rookie Emeka Okafor was 2-of-10. The loss was the Bobcats' ninth straight on the road and dropped their overall mark away from the Charlotte Coliseum to 1-19. "The Lakers needed a win," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We basically told our guys, we had to somehow surmount the adrenaline in the early part of the game because they needed a win in that situation." Bickerstaff then turned his attention toward a comment he heard earlier in the day. "There was this guy that made a statement today, one of the Lakers' mouths (broadcaster John Ireland) that our basketball team stinks," Bickerstaff said. "We've been in all our basketball games. (My) team deserves more respect than people making blatant statements like that because they've played well all year. They've been in basketball games. Our record is not that good, but we're not a bad basketball team as far as competing." Atkins opened the second half with a 3-pointer and Jumaine Jones followed with a shot of his own from beyond the arc, giving the Lakers a 56-41 lead. A jumper by Odom 2:06 into the quarter made it a 17-point cushion. Charlotte got back within 63-56 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter but again the Lakers responded, closing the period with a 14-6 burst. Trailing by 14 entering the final quarter, Charlotte faced its biggest deficit of the game, 84-66, with just under 10 minutes left. But the Bobcats rallied as Steve Smith drained a 3-pointer and sank two free throws around a driving layup by teammate Jason Hart. Wallace had a dunk with 6:37 remaining to slice the deficit to 84-75. The Lakers stemmed the tide but Brezec had a tip with 91 seconds left and Wallace buried a jumper 34 seconds later to get the Bobcats within six. Butler made his free throw but Rush missed a jumper and Odom came down with the rebound to seal the victory.


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