Halftime: Bobcats 49, Lakers 43

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kobe Bryant went off in the closing minutes of the half tonight, but he still couldn’t lift the Lakers from their ongoing doldrums. He scored a team-leading 13 points in the half, including two on a Did You See That? move to get away from Gerald Henderson. Bryant couldn’t shed Henderson, so he leaped into the air and tossed the ball off the backboard, then chased after the rebound. He gathered himself and scored on a short jump shot from the paint to get the Lakers to within 45-41 in the final moments of the half. The Lakers shot 39 percent in the half. Stephen Jackson led Charlotte with 14 points.

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