The Los Angeles Lakers had won five straight games against the Charlotte Bobcats, but some erratic shooting and shameful defense buried them in Friday's 110-100 loss.
Al Jefferson romped his way to a career-high-tying 40 points along with 18 rebounds and three steals. Gerald Henderson added 20 points, and Ramon Sessions handed out 13 assists filling in for injured point guard Kemba Walker (ankle).
Pau Gasol led L.A. with 24 points and nine rebounds. Kendall Marshall flirted with a triple-double on 10 points, 12 dimes and six rebounds. Nick Young scored 21 and Jodie Meeks had 19, but the Lakers (16-31) shot just 38.7 percent from the field. It marked the 14th straight game in which they allowed 100 points as they extended their losing streak to six games.
The Bobcats (21-27) came in averaging 94 points per game, but they assailed the Lakers with 52 percent shooting. With this victory, they matched their win total from the entire 2012-13 season, and there are still 34 games left to play.
Charlotte opened a 62-49 lead at halftime and led by as many as 20 in the third quarter. The Lakers closed to within eight points both early and late in the fourth, but they could not get the stops needed to close the gap further.
On the plus side, the Lakers have had two other six-game losing streaks in the last six weeks, and they snapped each of them before they got any worse. On the down side, the Lakers have lost 18 of their last 21 games and now embark on a three-game road swing. They start a back-to-back with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 4.
The Bobcats are 2-0 on their road trip, and they'll wrap it up with the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 1 and the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 4.