Pau Gasol shut down Charlotte's Al Jefferson in the final minutes as the Lakers made a late push to end a three-game losing streak, winning their first game since the return of Kobe Bryant from an Achilles injury.

Kemba Walker, the game's leading scorer with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, converted a jump shot with 2:50 left to give the Bobcats a six-point lead. They wouldn't score again.

With the Lakers down by six, Nick Young hit a three-pointer to slice Charlotte's lead in half. Kobe Bryant hit a layup and a pair of free throws to give the Lakers the lead.

Gasol, who hit only two of 10 shots in the first half, closed out the scoring with two free throws to put the Lakers up by three. He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. He also turned the ball over six times and shot 6 of 18 from the field.

Bryant led the Lakers with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. He also had seven of the Lakers 15 turnovers.

Young also struggled with his shot (2 of 10 from the field) but still managed 13 points, mostly at the line (8 of 9). Jordan Hill also had 15 points for the Lakers, who shot 39% from the field.

The Bobcats also got 14 points from Jefferson (7-of-18 shooting), 13 from Gerald Henderson and 10 from Ben Gordon. Charlotte shot 43.8% from the field but took only eight free throws to the Lakers' 23.
With the win, the Lakers' record climbs to 11-12. They travel next to Atlanta to play the Hawks on Monday.