“Give the Hornets all the credit in the world,” said assistant coach Jim Cleamons in our LakersTV preview. “They wanted the game, they played harder and they should have won.”
With L.A. not fully invested for whatever reason, so good were the Hornets that you had to look at the entire history of the NBA postseason to match certain outputs:
- With just three turnovers in the game, the Hornets matched an all-time NBA Playoff record established first by Detroit against Orlando on May 13, 2008.
- With his 33-point, 14-assist, 7-rebound performance, point guard Chris Paul became the fourth player in 3,272 previous playoff games to reach such numbers, matching Oscar Robertson (twice), Walt Frazier and Magic Johnson, and becoming the first to do so on the road.
- New Orleans got a ridiculously efficient output from its bench, which went 16-for-22 from the field (72.7 percent), just the third time in league in the last 20 playoff seasons a team’s reserves have combined for that high of a field goal percentage with a minimum of 15 attempts (Milwaukee, 75% on 4/29/06 vs. DET and Phoenix, 74% on 5/6/06 vs. LAL).