Phil Jackson became the winningest coach in Lakers history in Los Angeles’ 99-97 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
Jackson is the winningest playoff coach in NBA history, and the only coach to win more than 70 percent of his regular-season games.
The Lakers hadn’t been home since beating Orlando on Jan. 18, and went 5-3 on their East Coast trip.
The night was fill with excitement, starting with a standing ovation from a pregame ceremony in which Lakers great Jerry West presented him with a game ball in recognition of Bryant’s ascension to the top of the Lakers’ career scoring list. Bryant passed West on Monday night during the Lakers’ loss at Memphis.
The Bobcats could not capitalize on Kobe Bryant’s performance, who late in the first half appeared to injure his left foot when Odom stepped on it.
Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Lamar Odom scored 19 points and Pau Gasol and Ron Artest scored 14 points apiece for the Lakers