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.