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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Continue to Struggle against Bobcats

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Charlotte Bobcats defeat LA Lakers 98-83. Right after the Lakers overtime loss in Miami I tweeted that the Lakers would also lose this game in Charlotte, and they did not disappoint. After trailing the Bobcats by six going into the half, the Lakers came out in the third quarter playing their worst basketball in years. Three turnovers, two misses and blocked twice, the Lakers did not get a field goal until Derek Fisher knocked in a three 4:27 into the quarter which cut the Bobcats lead to 12. The Lakers collective shot 36% and turned the ball over 20 times. Kobe Bryant scored 26 points but went 9-for-21 missing all four three point attempts. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum got double-doubles but no one in purple and gold could stop the Bobcats. Stephen Jackson led the Cats with 21 points while DJ Augustin lit things up from the bench with 12 points and five assists. The Lakers now look forward to a Sunday showdown in Orlando for a 2009 NBA Finals rematch.

Oklahoma City Thunder defeat LA Clippers 104-87. Too much Kevin Durant. That’s all that needs to be said about this game. Durant scored 32 points and went to the line 14 times missing only twice. The Clippers looked to be in the game at times. Chris Kaman anchored the middle with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Rasual Butler added 17 points for the Clips who collectively shot 37%. But just as the Clippers looked to get close to the Thunder, the Thunder would pull away thanks to contributions from Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. Even though Russell Westbrook wasn’t as explosive as he had been in recent games, James Harden came off the bench to pick up the slack.