Originally written December 19, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers waged a furious fourth-quarter rally then staved off multiple game-winning attempts by the Charlotte Bobcats to take the 101-100 win on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Down by as much as 18 in the second half, Los Angeles went on a 28-4 run midway through the third quarter and into the fourth quarter as the Bobcats crumbled under the weight of Kobe Bryant. Bryant had 30 points -- including a crucial 3-point play with 9:52 left in the game to give the Lakers the 87-84 lead, their first since late in the second quarter -- and added seven assists and six rebounds to lift the Lakers to their third straight win. Lakers reserves Metta World Peace and Jodie Meeks each had 17 points, with Meeks hitting five 3-pointers, and Dwight Howard had 16 points and 18 rebounds as Los Angeles (12-14) used its size advantage to outlast the Bobcats (7-17). Helping the Lakers in the post was the return of Pau Gasol, who added 10 points and nine rebounds in his...
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