Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers lost five of their six top scorers on Tuesday night to a 101–93 win against the Charlotte Hornet team.
Dennis Schroder added 19 points and Andre Drummond chipped in with 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who closed out the seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record to finish fifth in the Western Conference.
Devonte Graham led the Hornets with 19 points. Caleb Martin had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers held the Hornets to 43.4% shooting and 25.7% from 3-point range.
The game was largely a battle of backups, with the Hornets missing four starts due to injury and the Lakers three.
Charlotte was missing from scoring over 72% with Terry Rozier and PJ Washington joining the bench of Lamello Ball, Gordon Hayward and Malik Monk. The Lakers, who are still without All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, were missing due to a sprained ankle to Markieff Morris.
The Lakers held a 10-point lead in the closing seconds of the third quarter behind a jumper by Schroder.
But Charlotte took the lead with 1:54 to go from coast to coast and a 3-pointer from Graham. The Hornets had a chance to take the lead on their next possession, but Graham turned the ball over and Alex Caruso paid him off with the big 3 with 43 seconds remaining at the other end.
Graham missed a 3-point effort and Caruso made two free throws to hit a six with a 28.1 lead.
Graham responded with a runner and Cody Zeller appeared with a steal in the backcourt before losing control of the ball. The Hornets are forced into dishonesty and Kuzma slams the door on Charlotte.
Lakers: James supported his teammates from the bench throughout the game and Bismack became quite animated after a high-flying one-handed sting from Biomobo’s Kuzma. … Coach Frank Vogel committed a technical foul in the second quarter when he argued a charge call against Drummond. … Mark Gasol (hamstring omitted) did not play despite being cleaned up before the game.
Hornets: Started their 15th separate lineup. … James Borrego committed a technical foul in the third quarter. … Turnover resulted in 26 points for the 18 Lakers.
Lakers: Return home to host Celtic on Thursday night.
Hornet: Host the Cavaliers on the second night of back-to-back on Wednesday.