New Orleans Hornets vs. LA Lakers: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The L.A. Lakers grabbed sole possession of the eighth seed out West, with a 104-96 win over the New Orleans Hornets, for the time being that is.
Kobe Bryant didn't show up until the 4th quarter, when he went into beast mode, dropping 23 points in the 4th quarter alone.
He ended the night with 30 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals, while shooting 50 percent from the field.
In the first three quarters though Pau Gasol led the way, ending the night with 22 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
While the Lakers pulled away late, this win has to be concerning for Lakers' fans. Fighting for the eighth seed is going to require lots of energy and effort from everyone on the Lakers' roster, and they don't have the youngest team in the league.
Fatigue could hold the Lakers back as they close in on the final few games of the season. When Kobe is playing at the level he did on Tuesday night though, they are going to be hard to beat.
Eric Gordon did all he could, with 22 points, and he got some assistance from Anthony Davis and his double double of 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Kobe was just three points away from outscoring the entire Hornets team in the fourth quarter—26-23—but it was enough to get the Lakers one game closer to the playoffs.
L.A. Lakers 104, New Orleans Hornets 96
Kobe Bryant with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals
Anthony Davis with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals
Kobe Bryant (30 Pts) pushes Lakers to crucial 104-96 win over Hornets. LA leads Utah by ½ game for final playoff spot in West.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 10, 2013
Pregame, Kobe and I talked about why he'd want to retire. Nights like this I can see why: Mucho effort to beat Hornets to get 8 seed.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) April 10, 2013
That should be it—with Kobe heading to the line.
Lakers 102, Hornets 96—11.1 remaining in the 4th quarter
Feel like that Vazquez turnover was Gordon's fault. If your teammate is on the floor, go get the ball from him. Just stood there.— Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) April 10, 2013
Ryan Anderson isn't ready to let this one end. He just hit a fade-away three pointer from the corner with Kobe and Pau in his face. I didn't even think that was possible.
Lakers 98, Hornets 93—33.2 remaining in the 4th quarter
Well that should be it for the Lake Show, who didn't put on an impressive show until the 4th quarter. But at least they did.
Lakers 96, Hornets 90—45.5 remaining in the 4th quarter
I'd expect to see some "Hack-a-Howard" here. So if I was D'Antoni, Howard would be riding the pine from here on out.
Lakers 96, Hornets 88—1:38 remaining in the 4th quarter
Dwight just turned it over by stepping in-bounds before passing the ball in. Wow.
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) April 10, 2013
Lakers 94, Hornets 88—1:35 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kobe Bryant with the steal and and-one opportunity.
He may have been a bad leader throughout this game, but he's one clutch player.
Lakers 94, Hornets 88—2:16 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kobe will end up with 42 + minutes tonight, with that back-to-back looming in Portland tomorrow.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) April 10, 2013
A shot-clock violation after a timeout is never what you want. But that's what the Lakers got there.
Lakers 91, Hornets 86—2:54 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kobe now has 16 in the 4th Q after 2 FT's (23 total), putting LAL up 91-86. They have 3 minutes to close out a critical game.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 10, 2013
Can't tell who looks more tired: Kobe or Pau. This is a struggle to the finish— J.A. Adande (@jadande) April 10, 2013
Ball don't lie. Kobe gets fouled on the jumper, makes both free throws.
Lakers 91, Hornets 86—3:33 remaining in the 4th quarter
Oh, Pau. Gasol FALLS DOWN, keeps his dribble and dishes to Clark for a layup. SURE OKAY.— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) April 10, 2013
Little did we know, Pau Gasol is trying out for the Harlem Globetrotters tonight.
Bounce-pass from his knees to Antawn Jamison for the bucket.
Lakers 87, Hornets 86—4:10 remaining in the 4th quarter
Jamison gets the first non-Kobe points of 4Q...on a layup with 5:02 remaining— J.A. Adande (@jadande) April 10, 2013
LAL will be in the bonus with the next NOH foul (5:13 left now, Jamison drawing the 4th).
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 10, 2013
Lakers 87, Hornets 84—4:45 remaining in the 4th quarter
Eric Gordon is straight up making Kobe Bryant look slow on defense. There aren't many players who can do that. #ImpressiveStuff.
Lakers 84, Hornets 84—5:13 remaining in the 4th quarter
This is a no-flashback game. Zero sign of Afro Kobe. He's relying on all of his veteran tricks.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) April 10, 2013
Kobe's in NBA 2K13 mode, unfortunately his teammates on board. Steve Blake and Earl Clark missed two wide open three pointers he got them this quarter.
Lakers 82, Hornets 82—6:20 remaining in the 4th quarter
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