LA Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets: Postgame Grades and Analysis for LA

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LA Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets: Postgame Grades and Analysis for LA
Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this one certainly wasn't pretty.

The Los Angeles Lakers overcame an 18-point deficit leading into the fourth quarter to beat the New Orleans Hornets, 108-102.

Though the Lakers spent much of the game trailing by 20 or more points (19 at halftime), they never hit the panic button or appeared lethargic. Or at least Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard didn't.

Howard persevered through game-long foul trouble, and Kobe continued to power through pain to lead Los Angeles to a much-needed victory.

Bryant and Co. were far from consistent (especially on defense), but they outscored New Orleans 33-9 in the fourth to move within 1.5 games of the Western Conference playoff spot.

Fresh off a disheartening loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, that's what matters most.

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