Phil Jackson summed up the loss by saying that L.A. was simply “slow” all day, failing to match the intensity of the Hornets, who both came out and finished as the aggressor, as the numbers suggested:
3 Turnovers in the entire game from the Hornets, who maximized their possessions. L.A. committed 13 turnovers, five alone from Kobe Bryant.
8 Points for Pau Gasol, who killed the Hornets in the regular season, including a season-high 34 points on Feb. 5th. Gasol simply struggled throughout, hitting only 2-for-9 shots, along with six boards and six assists.
10 First half assists for Chris Paul, one more than L.A.’s entire team as the Lakers struggled with N.O.’s pick and roll. Paul finished with 14 assists to just two turnovers.
11 Season-high rebounds for Ron Artest, who added 16 points, second to Bryant. With all his boards, Gasol managed only six and Lamar Odom just one off the bench.
15 Personal fouls committed by the Lakers in the second half, allowing a Hornets parade to the foul line. N.O. made 19-of-23 foul shots, many of the fouls drawn by Paul.
22 Second half points for Paul, who finished with 33. He took 10 free throws in the fourth quarter alone after the Lakers got in early foul trouble.
34 Points for Bryant on 13-of-26 shooting to lead the Lakers. He added five assists and four boards.
42 Minutes played by Bryant, who averaged just 34 in the regular season. That, of course, was all so that he could play big minutes in the postseason, as he stated after Saturday’s practice.
51.9 Hornets shooting percentage in the game.
52 Points in the paint for the Hornets, to just 34 for the Lakers.