NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at New Orleans/Oklahoma City
(Saturday, February 4th)
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 106, LA Lakers 90
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Chris Paul had 19 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds to lead the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets over the Los Angeles Lakers, 106-90, at the Ford Center.
Desmond Mason had a team-high 21 points for the Hornets, who have won four in a row. Rasual Butler added 15 points and P.J. Brown had 14 as the Hornets ended a three-game homestand perfect.
"This is the best basketball we have played this year and we still are growing as a team and we have to continue this on the road," said Mason.
Kobe Bryant tallied a game-high 35 points for the Lakers, who have dropped three straight and fell to 1-4 on their current six-game road trip.
Leading 29-26 after one quarter, the Hornets began to build a lead in the second. Ahead 31-28, Speedy Claxton spearheaded a 9-0 burst that was capped by a Kirk Snyder bucket for a 12-point advantage.
The Lakers later drew within 42-41, but the Hornets scored 16 of the final 21 points of the frame to carry a 58-46 lead into the break. Mason scored six of the 16 points for the Hornets, who continued to pour it on in the third.
Los Angeles again made it a contest by drawing within 68-62 following a Bryant three-point play with 5 1/2 minutes left. However, the Hornets scored the next 10 points, with Paul recording four of those points, as the team moved ahead 78-62 and carried an 83-69 cushion into the fourth.
The Lakers never got within single digits in the final 12 minutes. The highlight of the frame was when Snyder threw home a thunderous dunk, posterizing the Lakers' Von Wafer, for a 94-78 cushion midway through the stanza.
Snyder and David West each had 11 points for the Hornets.
Devean George had 21 points for the Lakers, who had a four-game win streak against the Hornets snapped.
"We just didn't execute," said Bryant. "We need to man up and not make excuses."
This was the first meeting of the season between these two teams...The Hornets improved to 15-8 as the home team...LA fell to 12-15 on the road...The Hornets last beat the Lakers on November 7, 2003...Kwame Brown had seven points and 10 boards for LA.
02/05 00:01:17 ET