Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Nick Young sparked a 9-0 run with a triple to help the Los Angeles Lakers erase a six-point deficit with 2:35 left en route to an 88-85 triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Kobe Bryant added four points during that run, finishing with a team-high 21 points to clinch his first win since his return from torn Achilles tendon.
Bryant also had seven rebounds and eight assists, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill added 15 points apiece and combined for 16 boards while Young finished with 13 as the Lakers (11-12) ended a three-game losing skid.
Kemba Walker finished with 24 points and eight dimes for the skidding Bobcats, who dropped to 10-14 after losing three straight outings.
Al Jefferson added 14 points on 7-for-18 shooting and grabbed nine boards, Gerald Henderson contributed 13 and Ben Gordon scored 10 off the bench for the Bobcats.
It was a sorry loss for the Bobcats, who dominated majority of the game and led by as many as nine points. They grabbed 46 boards compared to the Lakers’ 40, scored more points in the shaded lane (46-30) and on the break (16-2).
The Bobcats grabbed a six-point lead behind Gordon’s 17-foot jumper but Xavier Henry answered with four straight points to bring the Lakers within 70-68.
Bismack Biyombo buried a 15-foot jumper to give the Bobcats a four-point edge but the Lakers took a 73-72 lead after a five-point burst.
The game was tied at 75 when the Bobcats scored six straight points to take an 81-75 lead. Bryant made a jumper but Walker matched it with layup that kept Charlotte’s six-point edge.
After Young’s two foul shots, Walker made an 18-foot jumper to restore the Bobcats’ six-point edge.
Then, Young started the Lakers’ comeback with a triple.