x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

All-stars power Lakers in final quarter past Hornets

The Lakers squandered a 14-point lead in the third quarter but fought back in the last four minutes of the game thanks to Bryant and Gasol.

NEW ORLEANS // All-Stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined to score 66 points and lead the twice defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers to a 101-95 win against the New Orleans Hornets last night.

The Lakers squandered a 14-point lead in the third quarter but fought back in the last four minutes of the game, outscoring the Hornets 9-3 in that span to secure the victory at New Orleans Arena.

The Hornets trailed from the opening basket until Chris Paul drained a three-point shot as time expired in the third quarter to put the home team ahead 82-81.

Spanish center Gasol scored a season-high 34 points and Bryant added 32, including a key three-pointer with 3:20 remaining to give the Lakers the lead for good.

Paul led the Hornets with 21 points, Delonte West added 16 and the Hornets bench scored 39 points including 14 by Marcus Thornton.

 

OTHER RESULTS

Atlanta 99 Washington 92

Dallas 101 Charlotte 92

Portland 111 Cleveland 105

LA Lakers 101 New Orleans 95

Detroit 89 Milwaukee 78

Denver 113 Minnesota 100