Hornets Get Trounced by Lakers 109-80

Posted: January 10, 2008 in Hornets

With Kobe Bryant leading the way and the Lakers on a big surge, the Hornets fell behind early in this one and never recovered. It took a late 9-2 run by the Hornets just to pull within 54-43 at halftime. IT’S TIME TO REGROUP!!!!!!!!!

Can’t be losing games like this.

NEW ORLEANS(AP) Kobe Bryant scored 19 points, Andrew Bynum added 17 and the Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth straight game, 109-80 over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

With balanced scoring and stifling defense, the Lakers turned what was supposed to be a marquee matchup between two of the NBA’s hottest teams into a lopsided affair that left the home crowd groaning.

The Lakers made 54.9 percent of their shots, hitting nine 3-pointers and while outscoring New Orleans 52-36 inside.

Having won in Memphis a night earlier and facing a Hornets squad that was well-rested after winning three straight on the road last week, Los Angeles scored on its first eight possessions and led by double digits for most of the game.

The disparity in scoring among both teams’ reserves was a telling sign of how well the Lakers have played in winning 10 of their last 12 games.

Los Angeles’ reserves outscored the Hornets’ bench 42-9. The Lakers also outrebounded New Orleans 45-40.

Chris Paul scored 32 points and David West added 19 points for New Orleans, which shot 36.9 percent.

Luke Walton scored 14 for the Lakers, while Lamar Odom added 11 and Trevor Ariza 10.

—NBA.com

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