SI.com: Paul gives Lakers pause
The New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul made his presence known against the Lakers on Sunday.
April 25th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

SI.com: Paul gives Lakers pause

The bane of Los Angeles' existence as of last night: Chris Paul.

The New Orleans Hornets point guard and his team managed an astonishing 93-88 win against the Lakers, tying his team's series with the reigning champs. Sans leading scorer David West, the Hornets managed to capitalize on its pick-and-roll game with Paul racking up a game high 27 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists. As SI.com's Mark Haubner writes:

"This night in New Orleans was all about Paul. In the first half, the Hornets played less pick-and-roll than we've seen. They looked to get everyone involved with more of a motion game, and Paul was content to play facilitator, with four points on just three shots and nine assists. In the second half, New Orleans re-emphasized its pick-and-roll game, and its floor leader took over."

While two wins in their series against the Lakers is impressive enough for a team that entered the playoffs a clear underdog, the real question will be two-fold: Will Kobe Bryant, after sustaining a foot/ankle injury, be able to return for Game 5? And can the Hornets continue the momentum that they established in Game 4 regardless of whether the Lakers star is on the court or not?

More playoff action, of both the NBA and NHL variety, up tonight:

NBA

San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET)

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET)

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets (10:30 p.m. ET)

NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET)

San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings (10 p.m. ET)

BY THE NUMBERS

27 – Rank that tennis player Julia Goerges moved to after a stunning defeat of favorite Caroline Wozniacki in the Porsche Grand Prix.

140 – Number of laps led by Kyle Busch during Friday’s Nashville Trucks race.

26 – Number of points scored by Celtics’ power forward Kevin Garnett during the final game of Boston’s sweep of the Knicks.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Hay wait!

    Y U NO REFEREE RIGHT?

    April 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    The Lakers's' EPI-PEN is futile against the Hornet's Sting! Ya swollen from the beat down...go catch yer breath!

    April 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    Lakers' got a good shallacking!

    April 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lucky

    Its gonna take more than chris paul to beat the lakers

    April 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Oh poor ting! My condolences for ya losses. I heard yo lady luck has left ya for Chris Paul. Don't waste ya time praying she ain't coming back!

      April 26, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmmm

    How did some stooopid fat lip n!gga get a name like Chris Paul?

    April 26, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |