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Lakers vs. Hornets, Game 5 updates: Lakers defeat Hornets, 106-90

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Final score: Lakers 106, Hornets 90

Now this was the Lakers team everyone was expecting. They put an exclamation point on Game 5 of their best-of-seven series with the New Orleans Hornets. The  Lakers lead 3-2 as they head back to New Orleans for Game 6 on Thursday.

Kobe Bryant, the subject of great angst because of an injured ankle, showed he can play through pain. Lots of it. After a tentative first quarter, he showed everyone he’s still Kobe in the second quarter including a signature dunk over Emeka Okafor.

He finished with 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting. And he did that in only 28 minutes. Bryant also had four assists.

There was also a dominating performance by Andrew Bynum,  who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. What about the much maligned Pau Gasol? He did quite well with 16 points  and eight  rebounds.

Ex-Laker Trevor Ariza had 22 points and Chris Paul had 20.  Marco Belinelli, playing his best game scored 21.

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Lakers-Hornets Game 4: New Orleans wins, 93-88, to even series at two games apiece

Lakers2_510New Orleans 93, Lakers 88 (final)

The Lakers ensured they will have to make one more trip to New Orleans, turning what was supposed to be a straightforward first-round series into a deeply competitive matchup.

The Hornets defeated the Lakers, 93-88, on Sunday night at New Orleans Arena in Game 4, tying the series, 2-2. Game 5 is on Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Hornets point guard Chris Paul was at his dazzling best, finishing with a triple-double: 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. His final assist was especially clutch, hitting teammate Jarrett Jack with 9.3 seconds left.

Jack, who had been scoreless, put down a seven-foot jumper in the lane to give the Hornets a 90-86 lead and then hit three free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.

Kobe Bryant, who went scoreless in the first half, finished with 17 points while Ron Artest and Pau Gasol each had 16 points.

Reserve forward Lamar Odom was hardly a factor, finishing with six points on one-for-seven shooting from the field.

The Lakers were outrebounded, 39-32, and New Orleans had a huge edge in second-chance points, 20-4.

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Lakers vs. Golden State: Lakers can't slow Warriors, lose third straight game

Lakers1_510Warriors 95, Lakers 87 (final)

The Lakers have lost three consecutive games, two to teams with records below .500.

The latest defeat came to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday nighit at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The loss left the Lakers 4 1/2 games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the NBA.

It means that Lakers will be hard-pressed to catch the Spurs.

The Lakers have four regular-season games left, the Spurs five.

The Lakers couldn't stop Golden State's backcourt of Monta Ellis (26 points) and Stephen Curry (20).

The Lakers fell behind by 19 points at the start of the fourth quarter, a sign that they still weren't quite ready to play.

They cut the lead to 12 points behind the inspired play of Matt Barnes.

But after Curry made a three-pointer for an 82-67 Warriors lead with 6:14 left, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson called a timeout.

He was looking for a way to get his team going.

Kobe Bryant went to work, scoring 11 of 13 points for the Lakers at one point, pulling them to within 90-82 with 2:16 left after they had trailed, 86-70.

Bryant finished with 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting, but it wasn't enough.

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Lakers vs Utah: Lakers defeat Jazz, move closer to Spurs

Lakers6_510 Lakers 96, Jazz 85 (final)

The Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz.

That wasn't the biggest news.

The important development was that the victory pulled the Lakers to within 1 1/2 games of the struggling San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the NBA.

The Lakers are 17-1 since the All-Star break. They have won nine consecutive games.

Kobe Bryant led the way with 21 points. Lamar Odom had 16 points, as did Pau Gasol.

 Lakers 71, Jazz 64 (end of third quarter)

It was a better effort by the Lakers in the third quarter.

They caught the Jazz at 62-62 on a Derek Fisher three-pointer and then they extended the lead later in the period.

The quarter ended with a Lamar Odom three-pointer that pushed L.A.'s lead to seven points entering the fourth quarter.

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Lakers vs. Heat: Lakers lose in Miami

Lakers1_350Heat 94, Lakers 88

The Lakers fell apart in the final minutes and the Miami Heat snapped a five-game losing streak Thursday at American Airlines Arena.

Kobe Bryant had two turnovers in the final two minutes, including one in which he lost the ball while going up for a shot down low with 40.9 seconds left and the Lakers down four. He finished with 24 points.

The Lakers had an eight-game winning streak snapped and fell to 2-1 on a four-game trip that ends Saturday in Dallas.

Andrew Bynum came alive after a forgettable first half, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Chris Bosh had 24 points for Miami, Dwyane Wade had 20 and LeBron James had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

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Lakers 70, Heat 68 (end of third quarter)

Andrew Bynum is starting to heat up, but neither team can really break away.

Bynum had a much more productive third quarter, getting four points and seven rebounds after having only six and one at halftime.

Dwyane Wade is having a miserable shooting night, scoring 12 points on five-for-16 shooting. LeBron James has 14 points.

Kobe Bryant has 18 points and Pau Gasol has 16.

Heat 55, Lakers 53 (halftime)

Chris Bosh is getting his touches this time.

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Lakers vs Oklahoma City: Lakers play strong defense in second half, beat Thunder

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Lakers 90, Thunder 87 (final)

The Lakers now have won four consecutive games, this time pulling out a victory over the Thunder in Oklahoma City because of a strong defensive stand in the final moments.

The Lakers held the Thunder to 31 points in the second half and forced Oklahoma City into two last-second missed three-pointers by Kevin Durant and James Harden that could have tied the score.

Kobe Bryant, still dealing with a sore right elbow from a bruised ulnar nerve (or funny bone) he suffered Friday night against the Clippers, had 17 points. It moved him past Elvin Hayes for seventh on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 27,320 points.

His 16-foot jumper gave the Lakers a 90-87 lead with 56.4 seconds left.

The Thunder called a timeout to set up a play.

Ron Artest stipped the ball away from Kevin Durant for a Thunder turnover, but Bryant missed an ensuing shot, giving the ball back to the Thunder with 25.2 seconds left.

But the Lakers stepped up on defense again.

Pau Gasol took a charge on Russell Westbrook with 17.3 seconds left.

However, the Lakers left the door open because Lamar Odom missed two free throws with 10.9 seconds left.

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Lakers 72, Thunder 69 (end of third quarter)

The Lakers finally caught the Thunder to end the third quarter.

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Lakers vs Clippers: Kobe Bryant, Lakers roll over Clippers

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Lakers 108, Clippers 95 (final)

For the Lakers, the biggest moment of the game Friday night came when Kobe Bryant bruised his right elbow in the second quarter and went to the locker room before the half was over.

Bryant came out and scored 18 of his 24 points in the third quarter and then rested in the fourth.

He wasn't needed because the Lakers led by 18 points at the end of the third.

Bryant was 10-for-16 shooting from the field and he had five assists. He did most of his work in the third quarter wearing a purple sleeve on his right arm.

Pau Gasol had 22 points on eight-for-nine shooting in the win.

Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers.

The Lakers have won three consecutive games, looking nothing like the team that lost three games in a row before the All-Star break.

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Lakers 85, Clippers 67 (end of third quarter)

The report after halftime was that Kobe Bryant had bruised the ulnar nerve of his right elbow.

That was the report.

But one couldn't tell by the way Bryant shot the ball in the third quarter.

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Lakers vs Trail Blazers: Lakers beat Portland in overtime

Lakers1_325 Lakers 106, Trail Blazers 101 (final)

It took an overtime, but the Lakers finally escaped Portland with a win over the Trail Blazers, their second straight victory in the Rose Garden.

There was a time when the Lakers had lost nine consecutive games in Portland.

But the Lakers won the last time they came here, Feb. 6, 2010, to break that losing streak.

Now the Lakers have a little "momentum" up here that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson had hoped his team could get.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 37 points, but it was the play of Ron Artest that made the difference.

Artest had 24 points, including a three-pointer that gave the Lakers a 95-92 lead in overtime.

After losing three consecutive games before the All-Star break last weekend, the Lakers now have won two in a row this week. Their next game is at home against the Clippers on Friday.

LaMarcus Aldridge had given the Lakers problems all game, but after he scored 29 points through three quarters, the Lakers held the power forward scoreless the rest of the way. It took a lot of double teams to do the job, but it worked.

Aldridge also missed a game-winning layup at the end of regulation, his third consecutive miss with the game on the line.

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Lakers 87, Trail Blazers 87 (end of fourth quarter)

LaMarcus Aldridge missed three consecutive shots, his last a driving layup that could have given Portland the win.

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