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Bridges, Hornets hold off short-handed Lakers, 117-114

Miles Bridges had 26 points, Ish Smith provided a huge boost off the bench with 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting and the Charlotte Hornets held off the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 117-114 on Friday night.

Russell Westbrook scored 35 points for the Lakers, but missed a potential winning 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left.

LeBron James missed his second straight game because of left knee soreness, and Anthony Davis did not play due to right wrist soreness. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said he held out his star center as a precautionary measure after Davis scored 31 points in a loss at Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) guards against Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP PhotoJacob Kupferman)

LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier each had 20 points for the Hornets. Carmelo Anthony added 19 points for the Lakers, and rookie Austin Reaves had 16.

The Hornets were coming off a game Wednesday night where they scored a franchise-record 158 points against Indiana. Kelly Oubre Jr. who had 39 points on 10 3-pointers in that game, did not play due to a sprained ankle.

Charlotte opened on a 16-3 run and never trailed.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP PhotoJacob Kupferman)

The Hornets built a 20-point lead in the third quarter behind Bridges and Smith and appeared on the verge of blowing out the Laker.

But Los Angeles battled back to make it a one-possession game heading into the fourth quarter behind Westbrook and Anthony, outscoring the Hornets 32-14 in the final 9:18 of the third quarter.

Charlotte pushed the lead back to double digits with 6:11 remaining in the game before Westbook began to heat up, burying jumpers and scoring on drives to the hole. Westbrook had 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP PhotoJacob Kupferman)

Trailing by one, the Lakers fouled Ball with 9.6 seconds left and he made the first free throw but missed the second. The Lakers got the rebound and quickly called a timeout to set up a inbounds play at midcourt.

But Westbook, going for the win, missed a 3-pointer from the left wing instead of driving to the hole and the Hornets and P.J. Washington secured the rebound. Washington added a free throw with 0.2 left for the final margin.

TIP INS

Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) is guarded by Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Martin (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP PhotoJacob Kupferman)

Lakers: Were outscored 58-38 in the paint.

Hornets: Mason Plumlee had a season-high 17 rebounds. Plumlee was called for defensive 3 seconds twice in the same possession in the second half. ... Cody Martin had a remarkable block on Westbrook, chasing him down the lane and beating the shot off the glass from behind.

UP NEXT

Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP PhotoJacob Kupferman)

Lakers: At Atlanta on Sunday.

Hornets: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

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