Lakers vs Charlotte: Lakers' win marred by injuries to Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes
The Lakers got the revenge they were looking for over the Bobcats on Friday night at Staples Center, but two injuries put a damper on things.
Derek Fisher suffered a sprained left elbow and Matt Barnes was unable to play after irritating his right knee in warmups.
Fisher and Barnes will be re-evaluated Saturday and are listed as day-to-day for the Lakers, who start a four-game trip Sunday in San Antonio.
Fisher was injured in the third quarter when he became entangled with Charlotte's Kwame Brown while he was getting an offensive rebound. Fisher's elbow was locked in Brown's elbow after the center tried to yank the ball away.
Fisher left with 3:36 in the third quarter and didn't return.
Barnes had missed 25 games after having surgery, but he had hoped to play Friday night.
But a mishap in warmups meant that Barnes missed his 26th consecutive games.
The Lakers still won, extending their winning streak to six games and getting revenge after the Bobcats beat L.A. by 20 points last month in Charlotte.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points, but he made only 10 of 25 shots and didn't play the fourth quarter.
Pau Gasol had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Bynum had 17 rebounds, one shy of his career high, and six blocked shots.
Lakers 69, Bobcats 57 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers got another injury scare when Derek Fisher went down holding his left elbow after he became entangled with Bobcats center Kwame Brown.
Brown had grabbed an offensive rebound when Fisher reached in with his left arm.
Brown yanked the ball away, but Fisher's arm was was locked up in Brown's elbow.
The Lakers still opened a 17-point lead at one point in the third.
Lakers 45, Bobcats 35 (end of first half)
Kobe Bryant had 16 first-half points to help the Lakers open a 10-point lead against the Bobcats.
But not all the news was good for the Lakers.
Lakers forward Matt Barnes, who was supposed to play Friday night against the Bobcats after missing 25 games because of a right knee surgery, didn't play because he irritated his knee during warmups.
Barnes is listed as day-to-day, a Lakers spokesman said.
The Lakers will leave Saturday for a four-game trip that takes them to San Antonio on Sunday, Atlanta on Tuesday, Miami on Thursday and Dallas on Saturday.
The Lakers had problems slowing down D.J. Augustin, who had 11 points and four assists in the first half.
The Lakers shot 38.8% in the first half (Bryant made six of 17 shots), but their defense held the Bobcats to 34% shooting.
Lakers 29, Bobcats 19 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers jumped out to a 13-point lead in the first quarter, a sign of how serious they were about beating the Bobcats.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 10 points on five-for-12 shooting.
Pau Gasol had eight points on four-for-five shooting.
The Lakers haven't forgotten about the 20-point beating the Bobcats put on them last month in Charlotte.
The Lakers know all about Charlotte's having defeated them in eight of the last 10 meetings, three of the last four at Staples Center.
With Friday night's game at home, the Lakers hope to do something about their losing ways to the Bobcats.
The Lakers have won five consecutive games, coming a long way after losing three straight games before the All-Star break, including that whipping down in Charlotte.
Charlotte is not the same team the Lakers saw last month.
The Bobcats traded small forward Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers for center Joel Przybilla and they traded backup center Nazr Mohammed to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mohammed came off the bench and scored 16 points against the Lakers.
-- Broderick Turner