Saturday , Mar , 29 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant Drops 53, Lakers Lose

Bryant described his pile of points as "pretty much" of a waste."We didn’t do a good job defensively at all," he said. "Staying in front of the ball has been a big problem for us. If we can’t solve that problem, then we’ll just have to continue to get penetrated on until we get the big guys back and then they can bail us out by blocking shots to the basket."The Lakers lost their second in a row to another of the NBA’s lesser teams, having been beaten by Charlotte on Wednesday night. The latest loss kept them from joining New Orleans and San Antonio in a three-way tie for the Western Conference lead. They are a game back in third. [ESPN]