The Lakers looked like the team from the first month of the season, the one that played hard, put up buckets, and was not easy to beat.
But Charlotte found a way Tuesday night, thanks to a running bank shot by Nicolas Batum.
It was 113-113 with :30 seconds remaining when Kemba Walker took a three and missed — but he hustled, followed his own shot, and got the offensive rebound. He reset the offense, giving the ball to Batum, who saw Nick Young was guarding him and decided to attack in isolation. You can see the result above.
For Charlotte, these are the kinds of games playoff teams find a way to win. Walker had 28 to lead the Hornets, Jordan Clarkson had 25 for the Lakers.