New 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.
Lakers-Hornets Game 4 box score
Lakers-Hornets Game 4 photo gallery