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article imageNBA: Lakers close out Hornets on the road with a 98-80 victory

By Austin Tyler     Apr 29, 2011 in Sports
New Orleans - New Orleans took a tough loss in game five, and looked like they could not bounce back to win this game. Los Angeles was just ore physical and looked like they were ore hungry as the game got late and it came to close out time.
The New Orleans Hornets (46-36) hosted the Los Angeles Lakers (57-25) for a pivotal game six that could have sent game seven back to Los Angeles. The Hornets had the home crowd rocking, but the Lakers didn’t let that phase them as they took care of business to get the 98-80 victory.
New Orleans got out to an 8-4 lead when Emeka Okafor made a layup. The Lakers scored the next six points to take a 10-8 lead. Los Angeles and New Orleans traded baskets, and Derrick Fisher made a jumper to give the Hornets an 18-14 lead.
The first quarter was a low scoring affair as the Lakers finished with a 18-16 lead after Trevor Ariza made a pair of free-throws.
The Lakers opened the second quarter with Andrew Bynum scoring six straight points to give them a 24-20 lead. The Hornets got a jumper from Jarrett Jack and a layup from Trevor Ariza to tie the game up at 24 points apiece.
Carl Landry gave the Hornets a 28-26 lead, but the Lakers answered with a Lamar Odom making a layup and Kobe Bryant making a three-pointer to take a 31-28 lead. The Lakers scored six straight points to jump ahead 37-32. The Lakers took a 40-34 lead into halftime after Chris Paul made a jumper.
Marco Belinelli made a dunk to get the Hornets within two-points 42-40 to open the third quarter. The Lakers then went on a 12-2 run that gave them a 54-42 lead after Kobe Bryant made a pair of free-throws. Trevor Ariza and Willie Green made back-to-back buckets to cut into the Lakers lead.
Kobe Bryant made a three-pointer to give the Lakers a 63-53 lead with 1:35 left in the quarter. Trevor Ariza made a pair of free-throws to make it 65-57. Ron Artest made a layup, and Kobe Bryant made a pair of free-throws to close the period out with a 69-57 lead.
Jason Smith made a jumper to get the Hornets within ten-points to open the final period. The Lakers then went on a 13-2 run that gave them an 82-62 lead to force New Orleans to take a timeout. Chris Paul made a three-pointer with 4:03 left, but that only cut the Lakers lead down to 17 points.
The Lakers get big win last night.
The Lakers get big win last night.
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With 2:49 left in the game and the Lakers looking like they have control the Hornets tried to make a late push. New Orleans scored seven points in a row, but the Lakers held them off when Matt Barnes made a three-pointer with a minute left. Matt Barnes made another three-pointer with .32 seconds left that gave the Lakers a 20 point lead. Quincy Pondexter made a jumper to make only an 18 point victory.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 24 points, and Andrew Bynum was behind him with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Pau Gasol had 16 points with eight rebounds. Lamar Odom came off the bench to score 14 point with eight rebounds.
Carl Landry scored 19 points to lead the Hornets in scoring. Chris Paul only scored 10 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds. Trevor Ariza finished with 12 points with five assists and rebounds, and Marco Belinelli chipped in with 11 points.
The Los Angeles Lakers will advance to the second round after closing the Hornets out 4-2. The Hornets had a great run in the post season, and probably won more game than people expected with one of their leading scores David West out.
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