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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 106-90 Game 5 victory over New Orleans Hornets

April 27, 2011 | 10:51 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on Kobe Bryant's spectacular performance in the Lakers' 106-90 Game 5 victory Tuesday over the New Orleans Hornets. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding didn't notice anything wrong with Bryant's ankle.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen credits the Lakers' reserves in the second quarter. 

--The headline in a report Daily News' Elliott Teaford calls Bryant's play inspired. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan reports that the Lakers will not offer new contracts to about 20 key employees on their player-personnel side after the season. 

--The Press-Enterprise's Lassen details Ron Artest winning the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

--The Times-Picayune's Art Thompson II explains how the Lakers put the Hornets on the verge of elimination. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner noticed that Bryant didn't walk with a limp to the postgame interview room. 

--The Times' Lisa Dillman details Chris Paul's up-and-down play. 

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke wonders why Bryant didn't take an MRI. 

--The Times' T.J. Simers credits the Lakers' team effort. 

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande looks at how Bryant didn't lose a step. 

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick jokes Bryant wanted to keep the details surrounding his sprained left ankle vague because "he wanted to keep the surgically inserted spring a secret.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore details how Bryant played through the pain. 

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper looks at the reverberating impact Bryant's dunk had on the team. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden think the Lakers fed off the energy from Bryant's dunk. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin believes it's best to trust Bryant with his medical decisions.

--The Register's Jeff Miller explains how the Hornets look up to Bryant. 

--The Daily News' Jill Painter and ESPN Los Angeles Ramona Shelburne argue that Bryant's dunk helped the Lakers regain control of the series. 

--The Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton believes Bryant takes pleasure out of proving people wrong. 

--The Times-Picayune's John Reid says the Lakers now control the series. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the game. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz looks at the message Bryant sent with his dunk over Emeka Okafor.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over New Orleans. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore believes that the easy storyline -- Bryant's play -- was the correct one. 

 Tweet of the Day: "Great headline for Lakers/Hornets on ESPN.com right now: Don't Get It Twisted." -- thechrispalmer (ESPN the Magazine's Chris Palmer)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"That Kobe dunk?....It was a life-changing moment for me....I will never be the same again. I think,.... I'm.....I'm ...I'm starting to cry." -- Fatty

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Even with a bum ankle, Kobe Bryant throws down his second dunk of Tuesday night, this one coming in the third quarter of the Lakers' 106-90 victory over New Orleans at Staples Center. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images


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