New Orleans 85, L.A. Lakers 88

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, March 31, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #29 Mark Lindsay, #14 Ed Malloy, #59 Gary Zielinski
Attendance - 18997

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
New Orleans 14 25 28 18 85
L.A. Lakers 20 23 18 27 88

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Orleans 13-39 5-21 8-18 L2
L.A. Lakers 32-20 21-5 11-15 W1

Recap


LAKERS 88, HORNETS 85: Kobe Bryant scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter and Pau Gasol had a big game as host Los Angeles came from 10 points down in the fourth quarter.

Gasol collected 21 points and 11 rebounds and blocked a desperation attempt at the buzzer for the Lakers, who remained one game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division.

The Hornets led 85-80 with 2:15 left but could not hold off Bryant. Andrew Bynum’s dunk cut it to a one-possession game and Bryant split a pair of free throws to make it 85-83 with less than a minute remaining.

After a New Orleans miss, Bryant got the ball on the right wing and buried a 3-pointer with 20 seconds on the clock to give Los Angeles the lead back.

Bryant went 0 for 7 in the first half and 0 for 8 in the third quarter as the Hornets pulled ahead. Greivis Vasquez hit two straight baskets as New Orleans closed the third with a 6-0 spurt to take a 67-61 lead into the fourth.

The advantage would reach double figures early in the frame before Bryant woke up. The All-Star guard made his first field goal with 7:30 left in the game, beginning a stretch of five straight points for Bryant.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Bryant finished 3 for 21 from the field, including 1 for 8 from 3-point range. … Jarrett Jack scored 18 points to lead New Orleans, which dressed only eight players. … The Lakers recorded 28 assists on 32 field goals.

Top Game Performances

New Orleans   L.A. Lakers
Jarrett Jack 18 Scoring Pau Gasol 21
Jarrett Jack 10 Assists Ramon Sessions 10
Jason Smith 10 Rebounds Pau Gasol 11
Jarrett Jack 3 Free Throws Made Andrew Bynum 5
Al-Farouq Aminu 4 Steals Kobe Bryant 3
Jason Smith 2 Blocks Andrew Bynum 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
New Orleans 85 42.4 2-10 5-10 21 47 2 10 8
L.A. Lakers 88 41.6 7-22 17-22 28 47 5 5 15

Upcoming Games

  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game at home against Golden State. The Lakers have a W/L % of .581 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Phoenix . The Hornets have a W/L % of .286 after a win and .237 after a loss.
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