Monday, April 25, 2011
NBA PLAYOFFS-FIRST ROUND: GAME 3. LOS ANGELES LAKERS 88-93 NEW ORLEANS HORNETS
Now we still have a series. The New Orleans Hornets tied up the Los Angeles Lakers and the series up at 2 games a piece following their 93-88 win. Chris Paul played with a bandaged left hand and a plaster above his right eye, but still it was the Lakers who were wrapped up thanks to CP3's triple of 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. The whole New Orleans crowd was uplifted by Paul's igniting performance as the Lakers times have become even harder in the Big Easy. "Regardless of what happens in this series, it was good to see the city with a smile on their face,'' Paul humbly said, but his team are still in it. For the Lake Show Kobe's performances was put on hold as he was scoreless in the first-half before managing 17 by the end of regulation. Kobe suffered an ankle sprain to go along with low numbers, still a delightfully defiant Kobe told press "it's going to take a lot to stop me from playing. I've played through so many of them that it kind of becomes old habit.'' This is exactly the type of resilience these Lakers need as Phil Jackson co-signs, "Well, it's a series now." The Lakers will hope for no reruns of last night. TIM DAVID HARVEY.