NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at LA Lakers
(Friday, February 20th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 115, New Orleans 111 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his game-high 39 points in overtime, as the Los Angeles Lakers avenged one of their home losses this season with a 115-111 triumph over the New Orleans Hornets.
Bryant went 13-of-30 from the field and made all 12 of his foul shots, as the Lakers moved to 26-4 as the host team. They lost to the Hornets, 116-105, at the Staples Center on January 6 and blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter Friday night, but managed to fend off the Hornets.
Pau Gasol had 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games, moving to a league-best 45-10. Lamar Odom totaled 12 points and 17 boards, while Derek Fisher and Luke Walton each scored 14.
"I wasn't pleased with the way we moved the ball from side to side," said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "But we somehow got it accomplished. This gives us confidence that we can make mistakes and come out of it with a win."
Rasual Butler had a season-high 31 points, and Chris Paul chipped in 21 points and 16 assists, but fouled out in overtime, as the Hornets had a two-game win streak broken. They had also won 13 straight overtime games before this game. Paul also fouled out in regulation in a regular season game for the first time in his career.
David West had 16 points and 16 rebounds in defeat, while James Posey ended with 17 points and 10 boards.
"We let this game get away from us," said West. "We should have won that game. We have to leave this one in the locker room and get ready for a hostile environment in Utah."
Gasol's jumper less than a minute into the fourth moved LA to an 81-69 lead, but the Hornets rallied with an ensuing 13-4 spurt, capped by a Butler three- pointer.
Paul's two free throws with 3:21 left gave the Hornets their first lead of the second half at 95-93, and after a Gasol tip-in, a Posey three-ball made it 98-95 in favor of the visitors with 1:15 remaining in regulation.
New Orleans failed on two chances to seal the win in the closing moments of the fourth. Fisher missed a three-pointer, but Posey threw the ball out of bounds. Paul then came up with a steal, leading to a fast-break, but he charged into Fisher for an offensive foul with 20.1 seconds left.
Fisher sank a three with 14.6 seconds to go, and Paul missed a shot as the time ticked down, forcing OT.
Bryant accounted for nine of LA's first 11 points of the extra session, but the big moment came with 1:32 left when he and Paul got tangled up near the sideline. Paul was called for the foul, leading to two free throws and a 106-100 margin.
Butler, who had the final nine points for the Hornets, converted a three-point play for a 109-108 difference with 20.1 seconds left, but Fisher hit two foul shots and Posey missed a three-pointer at the other end.
Fisher made two more foul shots for a five-point lead, but Butler came back with another three with four seconds remaining for a 113-111 difference. Bryant then salted away the win by nailing two foul shots.
LA led 28-20 after the first quarter before falling behind in the second, but the Lakers came back to lead 45-41 at the half. It was 79-66 moving to the fourth.
The Lakers are 8-1 without the services of center Andrew Bynum. He remains sidelined with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee...New Orleans plays at Utah on Saturday, while the Lakers' next game is Sunday at Minnesota...The Hornets went 12-of-32 from three-point range.
02/21 02:25:50 ET