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Tuesday, November 6th (All times eastern)

New Orleans Hornets (3-0) at Los Angeles Lakers (2-1), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The undefeated New Orleans Hornets play the middle contest of a three-game road trip, as they visit the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the Staples Center.

The Hornets opened last season with four straight wins, but finished with a 39-43 record and did not qualify for the playoffs.

On Sunday, David West scored 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Hornets to a 93-88 victory over the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

Chris Paul finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists for the Hornets, while Tyson Chandler contributed 12 points and 17 rebounds in the victory for New Orleans.

New Orleans, which won its first two games of the campaign at home, is scheduled to visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday at the Rose Garden.

The Lakers, who play the middle contest of a three-game homestand, enter tonight's contest on a two-game winning streak. Superstar Kobe Bryant scored 33 points to lead the Lakers over the Utah Jazz, 119-109, on Sunday at the Staples Center. Bryant made 13-of-19 shots from the floor for Los Angeles, which has won two straight after losing its season opener against Houston.

Andrew Bynum added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Derek Fisher had 19 points for Los Angeles, which broke open a close game in the fourth quarter. Jordan Farmar keyed an early fourth-quarter run and ended with 12 points, while Ronny Turiaf and Luke Walton both contributed 10 points.

LA is scheduled to host Al Jefferson and the new-look Timberwolves on Friday at the Staples Center.

Last season, the Hornets were 2-1 against the Lakers. The Hornets have lost nine of 11 and 10 of their last 13 at the Lakers.

11/06 10:32:01 ET


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