In the first of Game 4 between the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Hornets, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul seemed to be bystanders. In the second half, they were the main attraction.
It was Chris Paul, however, who stole the show and earned the win for his team. Paul notched a triple-double (27 points, 15 assists, 13 rebounds) and led New Orleans to a 93-88 win that evens the playoff series at 2-2.
Trevor Ariza (19 points) and Carl Landry (16 points) got the ball rolling early for the Hornets and helped keep the team afloat until Paul found his groove.
Likewise on the Laker side, Ron Artest and Pau Gasol came out guns blazing, though their outputs cooled by the second half. They finished with 16 points each.
Every Laker starter scored in double digits but it wasn’t enough to push them over the hump in the fourth quarter. New Orleans led the entire half.
Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 pm EST in Los Angeles.
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