As they hope to slowly crawl out of the abyss that makes up the Western Conference standings, the Lakers have continuously proven that compiling victories will become a laborious task.

The Lakers escaped with a 100-93 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena, an accomplishment only because it prevented another tally in the loss column.

Hence, why it should be hardly surprising Kobe Bryant looked in a dour mood afterwards. He saw the Lakers play the same way the previous night in a double-digit loss to Boston.

"Just irritated," Bryant said. "Very irritated."

He had good reason. The Lakers won only after overcoming a 20-point deficit against the Bobcats, the NBA's worst team. Then again, this isn't anything new.

The Lakers (24-27) have become an equal-opportunity underachiever against both good teams and bad this season.

"We didn't put in the concentration early," said Lakers guard Steve Nash, who posted 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting and seven assists. "We found it and turned it around. But it would've been pretty devastating to lose."

The Lakers managed to squeak one out, though.

After surprisingly finishing the first half scoreless on two field-goal attempts, Bryant scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter on a series of plays that epitomize his scoring streak. They included turnaround jumpers, layups and trips to the foul line.