Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers welcomed back Pau Gasol on Tuesday, but still needed to erase an 18-point deficit in the second half before surviving the Charlotte Bobcats, 101-100, at Staples Center.
Kobe Bryant hit two big jumpers down the stretch and finished with 30 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the Lakers' third straight win.
Los Angeles had been 3-5 without the services of Gasol, who returned from a knee injury and contributed 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks in 29 minutes.
Dwight Howard chipped in 16 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks, including a pivotal denial of a driving Kemba Walker in the final seconds.
Walker logged 28 points, Ramon Sessions had 20 and Gerald Henderson 19 with nine rebounds for the Bobcats, losers of 12 straight.