After falling to the Bobcats in both regular season games in 2008-09 to make Charlotte one of only two teams the Lakers did not beat (Orlando), L.A. managed a 99-97 victory at STAPLES Center on Feb. 3 of this season.
They have their chance for a season sweep of their own on Friday night in North Carolina on the second night of a back-to-back after a tough overtime loss on Thursday to the Heat. A win would also even the all-time series between the franchises at 6-6; since it’s currently 5-6, Charlotte is one of only two organizations (Boston) against which the Lakers have a losing record.
Kobe Bryant, who went off for 39 points in Miami, is averaging 31.2 points in 10 career games against Charlotte, with a high-game of 58 points coming in a triple-overtime contest on Dec. 29, 2006.
The Bobcats are led by the wing duo of Gerald Wallace, the first all-star in Bobcats history, and Stephen Jackson, who was acquired from Golden State early in the season. Wallace actually missed Charlotte’s loss in L.A. with a hamstring strain, but will start on Friday.
For a full preview, we dialed up Bobcats radio play-by-play voice Scott Lauer: