L.A. Lakers 89, New Orleans 76
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (Ticker) --
Chucky Atkins and the Los Angeles
Lakers had too much down the stretch for the depleted New
Atkins scored all 17 of his points in the second half as the
Lakers pulled away for an 89-76 victory over the Hornets.
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Los Angeles finished its homestand 3-1 but was fortunate in this
one as New Orleans came in banged up.
Already without All-Star guard Baron Davis, who has been out
since November 17 with an inflamed disk in his lower back, the
Hornets lost All-Star center Jamaal Magloire to a broken finger
Friday in a loss at Phoenix.
They hung tough in this one, taking a 42-41 lead into halftime
on the strength of Darrell Armstrong's 14 points.
But Atkins, who did not attempt a shot in the first half, scored
12 in the third quarter. He assisted on Brian Cook's 3-pointer
that gave the Lakers the lead for good, 65-63, and hit a jumper
30 seconds later to provide Los Angeles a four-point edge
heading into the fourth.
Atkins, who scored just 13 points on 3-of-18 shooting in his
previous two games, scored five more during a key 8-2 run that
left the Lakers up, 84-72, with 3:49 left.
Kobe Bryant scored 20 points and Lamar Odom added 14 and 14
rebounds to notch his eighth double-double this season for Los
Armstrong finished with 21 points and Junior Harrington scored a
season-high 14 off the bench for New Orleans. Aside from
Armstrong, the Hornets starters shot 11-of-43 (26 percent) from