Kobe Bryant had 30 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Lakers (12-14) edged the Bobcats (7-17) at Staples Center. Pau Gasol returned from an eight-game absence (tendinitis) and finished the night with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks in 29 minutes.
Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 28 points and seven assists.
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