Kobe Bryant scored 39 points on just 22 shots, but David West was one better.
West tied a career high with 40 points in a game he called, "A must win." He added 11 rebounds and two steals in the Hornets' 116-105 victory.
Chris Paul was equally impressive. He scored 32 points, dished out 15 assists, had two steals, and did not turn the ball over.
The Lakers took a three point lead into the fourth quarter because Kobe dominated the third quarter with 20 points. The MVP only had two points in the decisive final period.
New Orleans out-scored Los Angeles 27-13 in the fourth quarter.
For the game, the Hornets managed to shoot 50% from the floor. The Lakers, despite shooting only 41 percent on field goals, kept the game close and led for a while in the second half behind 16 three-pointers.
Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher each hit six three-pointers. The Hornets hit five as a team.
The Hornets out-scored the Lakers by 16 at the foul line. The Lakers added to the cause by committing four technical fouls, including two for defensive three seconds violations.
The victory for the Hornets gives them a chance to split the season series with the Lakers. Los Angeles has already won two games in New Orleans this season.
The final game in the season series will be Feb. 20 in Los Angeles.