Lakers Level the Series at 1-1 Against the Hornets
After their previous loss to the Hornets, the pressure was piling up on the Lakers to pull a win off here. There were questions surrounding their defence and tactics relating to how they dealt with Chris Paul and although CP3 did have a big impact on this game, the Lakers kept him in check.
Despite trailing in the first quarter, the momentum rapidly changed with an alley-oop from Kobe Bryant to Lamar Odom, who was awarded the 6 th man of the year award before the game. By the second quarter, it was New Orleans who were playing catch up but they managed to stay in it with great offensive rebounding by the likes of Trevor Ariza who finished strong with 22 on the night.
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For the Lakers, Bynum got himself a double-double and used his size advantage to dominate inside the paint. He finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds and was the highest scoring player for the Lakers on the night. Kobe got just 11 points and had somewhat of a lack luster game. Too many fouls and mistakes left Kobe looking like he was in need of some enthusiasm, although he did get himself an almighty jam at the end to put the finishing touches on a game that was helped along by the Laker bench.
Shannon Brown got a timely three pointer, while Mathew Barnes put together some great passages of play and got himself 8. Gasol still looks ineffective and it’s clearly a credit to the rest of the team for being able to beat such a good defensive outfit with two of their star players (Kobe and Gasol) not playing their best basketball.
A win is a win and now both teams will be looking to stamp their authority on series that can still go either way but I fear that the Lakers will struggle down in New Orleans without Gasol and Bryant being 100% on form.
Final Score (NOH) 78 – (LAL) 87
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Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
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