Lakers Beat Hornets, Win Three Straight With Passing And Teamwork

dwight-howard-kobe-bryantThe Lakers were feeling a little better. Going into this game, they had won their last two games. First, they beat the Utah Jazz on Friday. And then last Sunday, they upset the Oklahoma City Thunder in easily their biggest win of the season. Their record going into their game on Tuesday night was 19-25. Still a long way to go, but the past two games were a good start.

The New Orleans Hornets came into Staples Center with a 15-29 record. But in the last 12 games, they had gone 8-4. They beat Memphis last Sunday.

But the Lakers got some additional help. Point guard Steve Blake made his return. He had been since November with an abdominal injury. How did he do? And how did the Lakers do? Let’s check out the recap.


The Lakers got off to some pretty good shooting. And Kobe Bryant continued his facilitating. The problem was that the Hornets played better. They took advantage of the Lakers’ weak transition defense. It was 16-12, Hornets, halfway through the first.

Then there was some defense played by the Lakers. Dwight Howard picked Robin Lopez’s pocket and was rewarded with an easy dunk at the end of that fastbreak.

While the Lakers looked nice on offense, they couldn’t stop the Hornets from making three-pointers. Eric Gordon made 3-4 from behind the arc. The Hornets kept pressuring and double-teaming Kobe Bryant every chance they got but the Lakers made them pay whether it’s an open lane for a fingerroll or a three-pointer.

The Lakers led the future Pelicans, 25-24.


Jodie Meeks came off the bench and immediately hit two three-pointers. In fact, the Lakers played some of their best offense this season. The passing seemed contagious. Even Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times noticed…

And this is one of the passes we’re talking about.

The Lakers ran off a 17-0 run while the Hornets missed 14 straight field goal attempts. And it was really nice to see the ball being moved around. In the Lakers’ 20 field goals made in the first half, 17 of them were assisted.

The Hornets did have a quick 8-0 run to end the quarter before the Lakers countered with a Kobe tip-in.

At the end of the second quarter, the Lakers led the Hornets, 54-42.


The passing continued in the third quarter. Earl Clark continued his good play by scoring a long corner two to bring his total to 10 points.

Like I said, the passing continued in the third quarter. Look at this teamwork.

But the Hornets made a little run. Anthony Davis had back-to-back dunks. Hornets were able to cut the lead down to nine points. The Lakers had some opportunities to keep the Hornets away but Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol missed five straight free throws combined.

New Orleans was able to cut the lead down to four before a defensive play by Jodie Meeks snuffed the Hornets rally. The play ended with a Meeks dunk.

Later on, Jamison was able to make a big three to put the lead back to double digits. The Lakers had an 83-73 lead going into the fourth quarter.


The passing continued. The three-pointers continued. The Lakers were able to build the lead to 91-75 after another Earl Clark triple.

One more tweet from Melissa…

We all thought it was done until the Hornets stormed back with a 16-2 run. They cut the lead to 100-96 after a huge Ryan Anderson three. It’s pretty funny because the Hornets cut the lead down after Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash returned to the game.

It became even more closer than what the Lakers wanted. The Hornets cut the lead down to 102-101. But a few moments later, Steve Nash made a three to put the Lakers up six. After Eric Gordon countered with his own three, Antawn Jamison made a lay-up to basically clinch the game.

Lakers beat the Hornets, 111-106. L.A. has won three straight games and went to 20-25. The Lakers had 34 assists on 39 made field goals, easily a season-high in team dimes.

POINTS: Dwight Howard, 24
REBOUNDS: Earl Clark, 12
ASSISTS: Kobe Bryant, 11
BLOCKS: Dwight Howard, 4
STEALS: Dwight Howard, 5

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