Henderson’s return into the starting lineup was not enough to stop Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night inside the Staples Center.
Bryant jumped out to a dominating start with 18 of his 24 points in the first quarter. With momentum on the Lakers side going into the second quarter, the Bobcats were outscored 30-18, putting the Lakers in front by 24 at the half.
Once again, the Bobcats struggled in the paint getting outscored 44-32 and outrebounded 47-34. The Lakers shot over 50 percent from the field on the night, too just a 35 percent night from the Bobcats. Also, the Lakers led in the 3-point category as well. The Bobcats were just 2-9 from behind the arc, and Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were 12 of 26 on the night.
Although showing Rookie inconsistency, Kemba Walker led the way for the Bobcats with 12 points, six rebounds, and six assists. He also was held to only one turnover in 35 minutes of play, which is a category he has struggled in at times. In the fifth time in six games for the Bobcats, reserve Derrick Brown scored in double digits. He finished with 12 points, 3 rebounds, and a steal.
Not only did Kobe Bryant start off on fire, teammate Andrew Bynum finished with the same intensity. He scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds with 2 blocked shots on the night. Bynum’s physical play and heavy stature was far too powerful for the Bobcats in the paint.
The Bobcats return to action against Lamarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trailblazers in another West Coast matchup.
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Written by Britney Roper
East Carolina University Alumni. Former division 1 volleyball player. Aspiring sports broadcaster and journalist. Loving athletics is more than a hobby, its a lifestyle. Current writer for the Charlotte Bobcats on Pro Sports Blogging.