Lakers Get By Hornets In Overtime
The Los Angeles Lakers slipped by the New Orleans Hornets in overtime Wednesday night by the score of 107-101. Hornets point guard Jarrett Jack scored 30 points in a losing effort. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 33.
Much to the delight of the sold out New Orleans Arena, the Hornets (10-33) came out on fire. They led the Lakers (27-16) by as many as 17 in the first half, and 15 in the second half. L.A. came storming back in the third quarter behind the physical presence of Andrew Bynum. The Lakers big man finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds, winning his battle with Hornets Center Chris Kaman. Kaman did contribute a double-double, scoring 21 and pulling down 12 boards.
Los Angeles went to the free throw line 35 times. New Orleans only visited the charity stripe on 13 occasions. For the amount of physicality displayed by both teams, the discrepancy in FT attempts is ridiculous.
The Hornets will turn around and play the second game of a back to back this evening as they host the Washington Wizards (9-32). Tip-off from the Hive is set for 7:00.