Chris Paul has 11 points and 10 assists in the first half as the New Orleans Hornets lead the Los Angeles Lakers 55-47 in Game 1 of their first round 2011 NBA Playoffs series. Paul had some incredible passes, but also tallied some much-needed points of his own. A late three-pointer pushed him atop the Hornets' scoring ledger. Italian gunner Marco Belinelli has 10, including two three-pointers.
Kobe Bryant scored 16 points on 7-13 shooting, but put a spook in Lakers fans at the tail end of the second quarter. After hitting a corner three to bring the Lakers within eight, Kobe fell backwards and his head appeared to hit the knee or shin of a courtside fan. Kobe remained laying face down on the court for the final two possessions of the quarter, as CP3 went down, noticed the Hornets had a 5-on-4 situation and hit a three-pointer. With time running down and most of the players watching Kobe, Ron Artest hit a shot from near midcourt at the buzzer to put the margin back at eight.