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Kobe lifts Lakers to blow off Hornets' 25-point lead

Posted on Mar 08, 05:03AM | IANS

New York, March 7 : Kobe Bryant finished with 42 points and 12 assists to help the LA Lakers make up a 25-point deficit in the second half and beat the Hornets 108-102 in NBA action.

Kobe, who injured his right elbow in a loss at Oklahoma City Tuesday night, played 42 minutes and scored 25 points in the second half Wednesday, 18 in the final quarter as the Lakers improved to 31-31 and pulled back to .500, one and a half games adrift of the Utah Jazz (32-29), who lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, reports Xinhua.

Dwight Howard did a great job in leading the Lakers' defence in the fourth quarter and contributed 20 points with 15 rebounds. The Lakers hit 33 points while holding the Hornets to nine in the final quarter. The New Orleans Hornets never scored in the remaining time.

The Hornets had seven players in double figures. Vasquez ended up with 15 points and 12 assists, Al-Farouq Aminu donated 12 points and 16 rebounds, Lopez had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Gordon scored 18 points, Anthony Davis added 13 points, Ryan Anderson hit 14 while Austin Rivers had 10 points.