Lakers come back from 25 down in win against Hornets
The Los Angeles Lakers were down 25 in the second quarter against the New Orleans Hornets, but came back to win 108-202.
The Hornets scored 67 points in the first half. Metta World Peace and Dwight Howard had to play defense nearly the entire fourth quarter with their hands tied with five fouls. The purple and gold were down 18 at the start of the fourth quarter. It seemed like anything that could go against the Lakers, was going wrong. But the Lakers know how to make things interesting.
Kobe Bryant nearly missed a triple double with 42 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds for the Lakers, according to NBA.com. His will to win brought the Lakers back into the game, and unlike last night, his teammates put in the extra help to clinch the win. Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds and 4 block shots, none bigger than the block on Robin Lopez in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Bryant continued to find Jodie Meeks and World Peace behind the 3-point arc who were a combined 8 of 14 behind the line and scored 19 and 11 respectively, the Associated Press reports.
New Orleans played a great first three quarters and a half quarters scoring 100 points early in the fourth. The Greivis Vasquez and Robin Lopez screen and roll tandem was picking the Lakers apart. Vasquez had a three pointer which put his team up 21 in the fourth. Lopez later had a dunk with 6:47 left in the game, but unfortunately for the Hornets, they would never score again while the Lakers would go on a 20-0 run. The Lakers outscored the Hornets 33-9 in the final quarter and were able to convert 29 points from 17 Hornet turnovers.