Kobe Returns to Form in Time to Help Put the Lakers 2-1 Up Against the Hornets
The Lakers may have somewhat recovered from their loss in the first game of this series on Wednesday night, but it was clear that both Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had not. I mentioned in my previous article that they both would need to step it up in order to take a game in front of a loud New Orleans crowd - and that they did.
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Kobe, despite getting just 11 points in the last one, got 30 in this game and started the proceedings off early with a great slam dunk to stamp his authority on the contest early. Bynum chipped in with some great spin moves and once again he dominated inside the paint, using his height advantage over players like Chris Paul to slam it home.
The Hornets did stay with the Lakers for most of this game and managed to outscore them in the third. Chris Paul got 22 points and 8 assists but had a quiet second half and lacked the same flare that we saw from him in the first game of the series. Landry had a solid game for the Hornets and helped their scoring total along with his 23 points.
The game was still looking like it could turn around for the Hornets as they came within five points of leveling, until Gasol that the fourth quarter was a good time to silence his critics and get himself a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards. Derrick Fisher also helped out with 10 points but not before he was called for a technical foul for elbowing Marco Belinelli in the face. The veteran came right back with a timely three, however, and along with Gasol’s fourth quarter craziness and Kobe’s accuracy, it was enough to put the Lakers up 2-1 in the series.
Final Score: (LAL) 100 - (NOH) 86
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By: Tom Greenhalgh
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
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