UPDATE: Trevor Ariza suffered a concussion and had to leave the game with 4:52 remaining in the second quarter. He will not return to the game.
The Lakers trailed for most of the first half as Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant misfired early and often. Gasol had seven points on 3-for-11 shooting and Bryant had 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting. The Lakers trailed by as many as 10 points before rallying in the closing minutes of the half. Gerald Wallace led Charlotte with 12 points. Andrew Bynum had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers.