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NBA Playoffs 2011: L.A. Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets Game 4 Live Blog

NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 24:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets looks to shoot in front of Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at New Orleans Arena on April 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIApril 24, 2011

Happy Easter, everyone. Welcome to the Los Angeles Lakers vs New Orleans Hornets Game 4 live blog. The game will be starting in roughly 15 minutes.

Tonight the Lakers will hope to take a commanding 3-1 advantage in the best of seven first-round playoff series.

With their backs up against the wall, the Hornets should play very loose, desperate basketball tonight in front of their home crowd.

After a terrific performance from Chris Paul, the Hornets stunned the Lakers by winning Game 1 in Los Angeles.

After stellar defensive performances in Games 2 and 3, the Lakers have bounced back to take a 2-1 series lead.

Although both teams are among the best in the league defensively, as the first three games have indicated, I wouldn't be surprised if tonight's game wasn't a little more high scoring.

I see the Lakers winning a relatively close game.

Lakers 108-Hornets 99

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