The Lakers won the battle of rebounds, second chance points, and turnovers, against the Hornets. As a result, L.A. defeated New Orleans 106-90 in Game 5 Tuesday night at the Staples Center to gain a 3-2 series advantage.
It was a happy Easter for Hornet fans as New Orleans defeated the L.A. Lakers 93-88 in front of a raucous crowd at the Hive. Chris Paul's triple-double led the way as the Hornets tied the best-of-seven series 2-2.
The Hornets will return to New Orleans tied 1-1 with the L.A. Lakers in the best-of-seven playoff series. New Orleans missed a golden opportunity to go up 2-0, but fell to the Lakers Wednesday night 87-78. Trevor Ariza led all scorers with 22 points.
Hornets big man Aaron Gray is questionable for Wednesday night's playoff matchup with the Lakers. The Hornet Center, who had a sensational game in Sunday's win, sprained his ankle with 1:07 left in regulation.
The constant whispers among NBA pundits about the health of Chris Paul never stopped during the regular season. Perhaps those whispers will reach a screaching halt this postseason. Based on Paul's play yesterday, playoff basketball appears to be the perfect elixir for CP3.
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