Lakers Top Bobcats, Extend Their Road Roll

Bryant, Gasol combine for 57 in team's third straight victory
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2008 10:57 PM CST
Charlotte Bobcats' Jason Richardson (23) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant defends during the second half on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 in Charlotte, N.C. Los Angeles defeated Charlotte...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kobe Bryant, playing with an extra spring in his step since the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol, scored 31 points as LA improved to 6-2 on a season-long road trip with a 106-97 win at Charlotte. However, for the second straight night, LA couldn't hold a big lead against a far weaker Eastern Conference opponent, instead squeaking out the victory, reports AP.

Gasol had his best game as a Laker with 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while his teammates totaled 50% from the floor for the night. Raymond Felton led the Bobcats, now losers of seven straight, with 29 points, while Nazr Mohammed had 22 points and 11 rebounds. One significant factor was the foul line, where the Lakers outscored Charlotte by 17.