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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 25 20 22 21 88
Play by Play New Orleans Hornets 22 27 20 24 93


Paul's triple-double lifts Hornets past Lakers

By BRETT MARTEL

Paul had 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets held on for a 93-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night to even their first-round playoff series at 2-2.

Wearing a black wrap on his left hand and a small bandage over his right eye, Paul scored 14 of New Orleans' 24 points in the fourth quarter. The All-Star guard then capped his brilliant performance by running down the clock and setting up Jarrett Jack's short jumper, which made it 90-86 with 9.3 seconds left.

Kobe Bryant had 17 points for the Lakers, but did not score in the first half and finished 5 of 18 shooting. He also came up lame late in the fourth quarter, favoring his left ankle after a collision with Green. Bryant's last miss came on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds.

That forced Los Angeles to foul Jarrett Jack, and while the Hornets walked up the court, Paul triumphantly cupped his hand around his ear to soak in the roar of approval from the packed and delirious New Orleans Arena.

Trevor Ariza scored 19 for New Orleans, while Carl Landry added 16 before fouling out in the final minute.

The Hornets' victory ensured the series, which resumes with Game 5 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, would return to New Orleans for Game 6 on Thursday.

Pau Gasol and Ron Artest each scored 16 for Los Angeles, with all of Artest's points coming in the first half. Andrew Bynum added 11 points and Derek Fisher 10.

The Hornets never trailed in the second half and led by as many as nine points, at 57-48, early in the third quarter when Marco Belinelli's 3 capped a 20-3 spurt that had started in the second quarter.

Bryant still hadn't scored at that point, but that was about to change dramatically. He scored the next eight points to cut New Orleans' lead to a point. He wound up with 14 in the quarter, but with Paul driving New Orleans' offense and helping out on the defensive end with a key steal and five rebounds, the Hornets held a 69-67 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

New Orleans opened the fourth with a flourish. After setting up Willie Green's 3, Paul added a tough floater from the baseline as he was fouled and a step-back jumper on the baseline capping a 12-3 run that made it 81-72 with 6:13 left.

Steve Blake turned the momentum with a 3, then Bryant added a pull-up in the lane and a free throw to cut it to 81-78 with 4:24 left.

Bryant had a chance to tie it at 83 with a little over 2 minutes left, but his shot was short and Paul scrambled for the long rebound, drawing a foul on Gasol and hitting crucial free throws to make it 85-80.

The Hornets were narrowly able to hold on after the Lakers had cut it to 88-86 on Gasol's inside basket and Lamar Odom's free throws.

That's when Paul set up Jack's crucial score at the shot clock buzzer, and Jack added three more free throws for the final margin.

The opening half was dominated by role players.

Slashing aggressively through the Lakers defense, Ariza had 16 points by halftime, mostly on layups, driving floaters and a a double-pump dunk against Bynum.

That was matched by Artest, who hit a pair of 3s and several tough shots inside.

The Lakers led most of the half, going up by as much as nine, but the Hornets dominated the final seven minutes of the second quarter after Paul returned from a rest.

Paul had five assists, five rebounds and four points during that span, helping the Hornets close the quarter on a 12-0 run that gave them a 49-45 halftime lead.

Bryant, who rested about seven minutes during first half, appeared to be focusing on getting his teammates more involved. He had seven assists in the first half. Yet he also missed seven shots, as well as a technical free throw that resulted from Paul yelling at him after the Hornets guard appeared to be bumped by Bryant on a driving floater that turned out to be Paul's first basket with 1:03 left in the second quarter.

Soon after, Paul and Bryant were in each other's faces again after Bryant was called for a shooting foul on Paul. Ariza, a former Lacer, walked Bryant away to the perimeter and Paul his both free throws to give the Hornets a 47-45 lead.

Paul then got his ninth assist of the half when he set up Emeka Okafor's 13-foot baseline jumper in the final seconds of the second quarter.

Notes: Bryant and Paul were the last starters for each of their teams to score. Paul didn't score until he hit a driving layup with 1:03 left in the second quarter. Bryant, who was 0 for 7 in the first half and missed a technical free throw, finally scored with 9:28 left in the third quarter. ... The last time Bryant went scoreless for a half in a playoff game was May 25, 2004 against Minnesota. Bryant finished with 22 and the Lakers won. ... Bryant hit seven free throws to become the Lakers' all-time leader in playoff free throws made with 1,216, passing Jerry West, who had 1,213.


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0 First half points for Kobe Bryant, who missed all seven of his shots, though he did have seven assists. Bryant appeared to have gotten hit on one of his sore fingers early in the contest, but he bounced back with 14 points in the third quarter alone. He'd finish with 17, though the turning of his troubled left ankle in the final minutes was a troubling way for him to end the game.

1 Triple double in the game for Chris Paul, who finished with 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in a ridiculous effort.

6 Minimum number of games in this series due to the Hornets' win, tied at 2 just like Dallas and Portland.

7 More rebounds grabbed by the attacking-all-game Hornets, who hit the offensive glass 12 times. No Laker had more than nine boards (Andrew Bynum).

16 Points through three quarters for Ron Artest, who'd been terrific all series. He played little in the fourth quarter, however, Phil Jackson going with the second unit, then leaving Shannon Brown in since the Hornets were playing two point guards in Chris Paul and Jarrett Jack.

18 Bench points for the Lakers, which was only one fewer than New Orleans's 19, but only six of them came from Lamar Odom on 1-of-7 FG's. L.A. needed more out of its Sixth Man of the Year.




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Points Bryant 17, 5-18 FG
Rebounds Bynum 9, 4 OFF 5 DEF
Assists Bryant 8
Steals Artest 2
Blocks Bynum, Gasol 3


POSTGAME QUOTES



Lakers Coach Phil Jackson:

On the game: "Well, it's a series now. 2-2, Best out of three. We punked out out there on the court tonight. They had the momentum of the crowd tonight in the first half. They had a momentum change when a goaltending wasn't called. That was a four point play. We came back in the second half, and pushed back. We tried to make good things happen to get momentum back."

On Chris Paul: "We did well in the first half; he had four points. The second half he came back, and we didn't identify very well. He made a lot of things happen out there. He had a triple double. He just pressed the issue. He let his teammates score in the first half, and Trevor and (Carl) Landry had a good first half. He didn't have to press the game. And then he pressed the game in the second half and delivered for them."

On Kobe Bryant's play: "Kobe didn't really shoot well in the ball game. Trevor (Ariza) did a great job on him. When it's all said and done, in the end he made some plays for us and got things going for us, we just didn't make the plays on our end. He didn't really defend Paul. He just got switched up on a couple of screen rolls with Trevor (Ariza) involved in it."






Lakers G Kobe Bryant:

On his ankle: "It was just roll over, it's been a week since I hurt it last. It happens, you roll your ankle once, it's easy to hurt again."

On Jarrett Jack's shot in the closing seconds of the game: "He just made a cut, Jack made a great cut. I felt like I played pretty good defense. I used my length, used my size, but Jack made a great cut in the lane and got the shot off."

On his status for Game 5: "It's going to take a lot to stop me to play. We'll do treatment the whole flight, but we'll make sure we stay on top of it. It's more of my foot, it's not really my ankle, it's my foot. I mean, I don't hurt that too often so it's a little different."

On stopping Chris Paul as a key to the series: We're playing to win the series. It was important for us to come here and regain home court. He's one of the best point guards in the game. He's going to have games like this, where he controls the ball. I mean, the majority of the game, he's just a phenomenal player.







Lakers G Steve Blake:

On controlling Chris Paul defensively: "He obviously controlled the game, he played the way he wanted to and he made some really tough shots. He created shots for his teammates, but we also made some mistakes, which opened things up for him. So it goes both ways."

On the difference between games 3 and 4 for Chris Paul: "He is one of the better point guards in the league. There are going to be nights were he gets off. It's never easy, we just need to come back for the next game and get re-focused and get ready for the next game."






Lakers F Matt Barnes:

On the difference in Chris Paul between game 4 and game 3: "Lack of the attention to detail, our goal is to shut him down and he did everything for them tonight. I think he led everybody in scoring rebounding and assists. When you let the other teams best player do that you are going to have a hard time winning.

On the game plan to control Chris Paul: "Same game plan, we know he is the head of the snake, and in order to beat this team we are going to have to slow him down a little bit. He did a great job of not only did he scoring for himself, but getting his teammates involved. We have got to come back in game 5 and take control."

On the most frustrating thing: "Just letting things slip away and not executing down the stretch. A few turnovers, allowing them 22 second chance points to our four. That was a big difference. We just need to tighten our belts and come back ready to play game 5."

On the Hornets effort plays: "That is what they beat us with tonight, like I said, they had 22 second chance points to our four. That just is a lack of effort and a lack of hustle, they got all the 50/50 balls, loose balls and everything. That's why they beat us."








Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams

On the win: "Tonight was about a number of things that we have been talking about being strong and courageous. Since the playoffs started, the guys are fighting for everything that they are going to receive. They have to take it. Chris Paul had one of the better performances that I have seen in the playoffs. A lot of guys have performances when they score. We scored, dished it out, and rebounded. We made tough, tenacious plays. A lot of times, the rebounds are 50/50 balls and you see a six foot guy go up and get it. It just describes their heart. As a coach, I've said it a number of times. Trevor Ariza, I thought he set the tone for us from the beginning. A lot of our guys stepped up tonight; they just played a tough, tenacious game. In order for us to beat them, we are going to have to play like this all the time."

On Marco Belinelli: "Marco's been a guy that he may not be the best at a lot of things, but he plays hard. We have had to trust him all year long. He was in here last night putting up shots close to an hour. We know the guys who put the work in; they deserve a chance to play. He's not afraid and he's out there fighting (Ron) Artest like a strong, small forward. It's just trust."

On Chris Paul playing injured: "Chris has a number of things going on; not just his thumb, but his hip. He takes a hit to the thigh a lot from pick-and-rolls on defense. It did not bother me as much because as soon as he would attack the basket, I knew the adrenaline kicked in and he played. As the game went on, I did not see him wincing at all. When he caught the ball, he just caught it; so that to me was a sign that he was okay."

On Chris Paul's play: "He was not scoring but other guys were. Trevor (Ariza) was attacking the basket. Chris does not have to score to control the game. We just need to get other guys to step up and make baskets. Carl (Landry) had a decent game tonight. And when it's time for him to take over, he will pick his spots. He will admit that he struggled with that most of the year trying to figure out when to be aggressive and we do not have David West right now, so we need him (Paul) to be aggressive. He needs to fill David's shoes and with everybody on our bench, so Chris has to show more responsibility. It's unfortunate that he gets the criticism that he gets when he does not play like this on a night-in, night-out basis."







Hornets Guard Chris Paul

On the pass to Jarett Jack: "D Fish is an outstanding defender. He was playing pretty good defense on me. So, we saw Kobe was hobbling a little bit, so we decided to throw a ball screen and figured they would probably switch. I made a move, attacked, and Jarett Jack saved me, because I was about to take one of the worst shots I had taken all game. I drove, tried to get some space, Kobe played good D and was on my right side. I didn't have a shot and thank the Lord I saw J Jack out the corner of my eye."

On the playoffs: "When you get to the playoffs, nobody feels sorry for you. Nobody. They don't care what's wrong with your ankle, what's wrong with your knee, or anything like that. This is where players are made. I just look at it as a great opportunity for us as a team to forget about the regular season and seize the moment."

On his aggressive play: "I play with a chip on my shoulder, regardless, day in and day out. I'm not trying to make a statement. I guess I try to do that every time I play. There's nothing I'm trying to do new, I'm just being me."




Hornets Forward Trevor Ariza:

"Going into the game and being aggressive was something that we talked about. When I'm aggressive early, our team starts to go. Defensively, we played team defense. You can't really guard a player like that one on one. So, our weak side players, Omeka and all of them, they played great."





Hornets Guard Marco Belinelli:

"We're playing against maybe the best team in the league. Ron Artest is one of the best defensive guys in the league. I decided to first of all, make a good defense because the defense wins the game. At the same time, I try to be aggressive. I know I missed a couple of shots, but every shot was good. I just need to score. I think the next game is going to be great. I work a lot on my shot. It may be a little bit mental. I don't want to think too much about my shot. I just have to stay positive."




Hornets Guard Willie Green:

"Just to see him take over the way he has, it's been spectacular. The two games before this, the Lakers got ahead of us and we weren't able to get the lead back. They kept us at arm's length. So tonight, we were able to get the lead and we tried to do the same thing. Just take care of the lead, take care of the basketball, and execute. Like I said, when you're playing against a team that's as good as these guys are, you've got to be clicking on all cylinders. Tonight was one of those nights where we came together as a team and we did what we needed to do to get the win."





Hornets Center Aaron Gray:

"Trav was super aggressive. Chris was aggressive. Jarret Jack came in aggressive. We just had guys that weren't settling for the jumper. That's a strong, physical team and you have to match that. If you don't, that gives them confidence and that leads to them playing more efficiently offensively and defensively. We're just working through it. Coach is doing a great job. If I'm being effective, if he feels like I help this team, he goes with me. If not, we need to put someone else in there. I think he knows that I just want to win. So at whatever cost it is, whoever has to sacrifice, whatever we have to do…that's what needs to be done."









LAKERS VS. HORNETS GAME 4 PREVIEW

By BRETT MARTEL

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Chris Paul insisted he could not remember exactly how or when he wound up with a left thumb injury that forced him to practice with a black wrap on his left hand on Saturday.

He did have an excuse, though.

"We've got more stuff to worry about than my thumb ... such as winning this game," Paul said of the Hornets' Game 4 matchup on Sunday night with the Los Angeles Lakers, who lead the best-of-seven, first-round series 2-1.

"It's a big game for us. It's 2-1. It's nothing to stress about or anything like that, but I think tomorrow is a game we really need to win," Paul said.

Paul expected to be fine for Sunday's game and Hornets coach Monty Williams said his All-Star guard did not appear to be limited by the injury to his non-shooting hand.

The Hornets can ill-afford to be without Paul at his best. He has averaged 25 points, 10.3 assists, five rebounds and two steals during the postseason. His 33-point, 14-assist performance in Game 1 was the main reason the Hornets were able to open the series with an upset on the road.

The Hornets hoped to get a boost from returning home after surprisingly splitting the first two games in Los Angeles. Instead, the Lakers walked out of a jam-packed, boisterous New Orleans Arena with a 100-86 win, the most lopsided result of the first three games.

Kobe Bryant was his typical prolific self with 30 points, but for Lakers coach Phil Jackson, the key to the win was the way Andrew Bynum 14 points, 11 rebounds) and Pau Gasol (17 points, 10 rebounds) alternated in giving the Lakers a dominant presence in the paint.

"The strength of our game kind of came back to play in this series," Jackson said. "Kobe obviously had a big game offensively, but it was really Drew in the first half and Pau in the second getting things done."

If the Lakers win on Sunday, it would give them a chance to close out the series in Los Angeles on Tuesday night and avoid having to come back to the Big Easy for Game 6 on Thursday.

A Los Angeles win also would mark the third time in four games that the visiting team had won in the series.

"It was always funny to us. Everybody talks about home court advantage," Bryant said. "We don't care about that stuff. It doesn't matter to us where we play. ... Our philosophy is, it's just a bunch of noise. That's all it is. I just block it out.

"If you have kids, you're used to dealing with that," added Bryant, who has two young daughters. "If you're trying to get something done and your kids are yelling all over the place, you've just got to focus on what you're doing."

Williams had sought to downplay any home advantage for the Hornets before Game 3, reminding his players that fans cannot shoot or rebound, and that the only way to benefit from the energy of a home crowd is play a well enough all-around game to keep the crowd engaged.

But the Hornets gave up 14 offensive rebounds, committed 14 turnovers and missed six free throws. Although they were as close as 75-70 early in the fourth quarter. They never truly threatened to take a lead in the second half.

Williams said the key is for his players to remember they've been competitive for most of the first three games and not get demoralized now that the Lakers are on the brink of taking a stranglehold on the series.

"I told the guys, 'You don't realize how close you are. You're playing against the defending champs and they're playing some of their best ball and you're right there,"' Williams said. "It's frustrating personally because for whatever reason, I'm not putting them in a position to make that run."

Part of the problem for the Hornets in Game 3 was that Paul was a non-factor in the second half, when he scored only four of his 22 points. Paul refused to use his thumb injury as an excuse, and instead blamed himself for not being aggressive enough when the Lakers made a defensive adjustment to deny him the ball.

Bryant, meanwhile, has been through enough postseasons to know that a playoff series is all about adjustments, both during and between games.

Indeed, Williams spent Saturday's practice working on ways for the Hornets to make scoring inside and rebounding harder for the Lakers. Meanwhile, some Hornets players have talked about Game 4 being a must-win.

Rather than seize upon that as a sign that the Hornets are in trouble, Bryant said the Lakers need to see it as a reason to ramp up their own efforts.

"We have the series lead. That doesn't mean we're in command of the series," Bryant said. "So their approaching it as a must-win is just a bigger challenge for us to come out and try to match that energy. It should be fun."

Bryant also is drawing motivation from the fact that the game is taking him away from home - and his children - on Easter Sunday.

"My girls said, 'Well, just win. It's OK (to be away on the holiday) if you win. Just don't lose,"' Bryant said.

Then the five-time NBA champion added with a grin: "I don't know where they get that attitude."



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Lakers Kobe Bryant (sprained left ankle) will play.
Matt Barnes (sore right knee) is probable.
Steve Blake (chickenpox) is probable.
Andrew Bynum (bone bruise, right knee) is probable.
Devin Ebanks (stress fracture, left tibia) is out.

David West (torn ACL, left knee) is out.



Game 1: 4/17 - NOH @ LAL L 109-100
Game 2: 4/20 -
NOH @ LAL W 87-78
Game 3: 4/22 -
LAL @ NOH W 100-86
Game 4: 4/24 -
LAL @ NOH
Game 5: 4/26 -
NOH @ LAL
Game 6: 4/28 -
LAL @ NOH*
Game 7: 4/20 -
NOH @ LAL*
* if necessary

Regular Season:
12/29
- LAL @ NOH W 103-88
01/07 - NOH @ LAL W 101-98
02/05 - LAL @ NOH W 101-95
03/27 - NOH @ LAL W 102-84


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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers swept their season series with New Orleans 4-0 after taking last season's series from the Hornets 2-1. The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Hornets and have won seven of their last eight overall. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 homes games against the Hornets and are 14-4 all-time against the Hornets at STAPLES Center. Since the Hornets move to New Orleans from Charlotte prior to the 2002-03 season, the Lakers have gone 9-3 at New Orleans Arena while going 0-2 at Ford Center in Oklahoma City during their temporary relocation from 2005-07. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 23-9 against the Hornets. In 2006, the Lakers and Hornets took part in the city of New Orleans first professional sports game following Hurricane Katrina when they met at the New Orleans Arena March 8, 2006. The Lakers won that contest 113-107 behind 40 points from Kobe Bryant. In 2006-07, Bryant scored a series record 50 points 3/23/07, becoming just the second player in NBA history to score 50+ points in four consecutive games. In 2007-08 (11/6/07), Peja Stojakovic made a Lakers opponent record 10 three-point field goals while Chris Paul became only the 7th Lakers opponent to record at least 21 assists in a game and the first since John Stockton did so in April of 1990. In a January 6, 2009 loss to New Orleans, David West scored a series-high 40 points for the Hornets, surpassing Baron Davis' mark of 37 established when the team was in Charlotte in 2002. Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons spent the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons as an assistant coach in New Orleans. Hornets forward Trevor Ariza played 106 regular season games with Los Angeles from 2007-09, averaging 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.54 steals during his Lakers career while helping the team to the 2009 NBA Championship. Additionally, Hornets center DJ Mbenga played three seasons with the Lakers from 2007-10, averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds and was a member of two championship Lakers teams (2009, 2010). The Lakers and Hornets have never met in the playoffs prior to this year. This is the Hornets 3rd appearance as a Western Conference team (2008, 2009, 2011) and 12th overall.

OPENING ROUND HISTORY (Los Angeles era only)
The Lakers have now opened the Playoffs in the FIRST Round 40 times and in the SECOND round on seven occasions (1962, 63, 65, 66, 80, 82, 83) since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season. The Lakers have won 36-of-46 opening playoff series over that span and are 138-70 (.663) in opening round games. In Game 1's of their first postseason series, the Lakers are now 34-13. When the Lakers have had home-court advantage in the opening round, they have posted a 33-2 series record. When winning Game 1 in the opening round, the Lakers have a series record of 33-1. Their lone loss came to the Phoenix Suns (2-3) in 1993. When falling behind 0-1 in the opening round, the Lakers are just 3-9. The Lakers three opening round series victories when losing Game 1 came in 1995 vs. Seattle, 1979 vs. Denver and 1969 vs. San Francisco. Only in the San Francisco series, when they lost their first two games at home but won the series in six games, did the Lakers have home court advantage.

ODOM NAMED SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
On Tuesday, April 19, the NBA announced Lamar Odom as the recipient of the 2010-11 Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. The honor, voted on by a panel of 117 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, is the first for Odom as well as the first for a Lakers player since the award's inception prior to the 1982-83 season. Odom received 513 of a possible 585 points, including 96 of a possible 117 first-place votes. Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks finished second with 244 points while Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers finished third with 76 points. In order to be eligible for this award, players had to have come off the bench in more games than they started (Odom came off the bench in 47 contests). Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. As part of its support of the Sixth Man Award, Kia Motors America donated a new Kia Sorento CUV to the Lakers Youth Foundation (the charity of Odom's choice) whose goal is to assist nonprofit community organizations.

Odom, a two-time NBA Champion and member of the gold medal winning 2010 USA Basketball Men's World Championship team, appeared in all 82 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 32.2 minutes. Ranked 15th among league leaders in rebounds and 11th (.530) in field goal percentage, Odom recorded 28 double-doubles on the season while scoring 20-plus points 14 times. Earlier this season, he became the 23rd player in NBA history to reach 12,000 career points, 7,000 career rebounds and 3,000 career assists as well as the 9th fastest ever to do so in terms of games (821).

JACKSON-LED TEAMS A TOUGH OUT WHEN PLAYING FROM AHEAD
When Phil Jackson wins Game 1 of any playoff series, best-of-five or best-of-seven, his teams are 48-0, having gone 24-0 with Chicago and 24-0 with the Lakers. When Jackson-led teams open a series with a 2-0 lead, he is 36-0 all-time. And when holding a series lead of any kind, Jackson's teams are 54-1 all-time.

BRYANT CONTINUES DOUBLE-FIGURE PLAYOFF SCORING STREAK
With 30 points April 22 at New Orleans, Kobe Bryant scored 10+ points in a playoff game for the 152nd consecutive time. Bryant's 11 points April 20 vs. New Orleans were the fewest during the streak, which began in Game 6 of the 2000 NBA Finals vs. Indiana (6/19/2000), since he scored 11 points in Game 3 of the 2004 NBA Finals at Detroit (6/10/04). The only streak longer than Bryant's in NBA history is Michael Jordan's run of 179 consecutive double-figure scoring playoff games from 4/19/85 – 6/14/98 (end of his career).

STAPLES CENTER ADVANTAGE
Since moving to STAPLES Center prior to the 1999-2000 season, the Lakers have won 83% of their postseason home games (75-15). The Lakers have topped the century mark in over half of their postseason home games at STAPLES Center (52-of-90) while the opposition has been held under 100 points in all but 27 of those games. Since the start of the 2008 NBA Playoffs, the Lakers are 32-5 in games played at STAPLES Center. In their last 53 home playoff games, the Lakers are 45-8. The Lakers had won 12 straight home playoff games dating back to the 2009 Western Conference Finals before losing Game 2 of to 2010 NBA Finals at home.

JACKSON'S SPARKLING PLAYOFF RESUME
Last postseason, with the Lakers victory over Utah in Game 1 of the 2010 Conference Semifinals, Phil Jackson won for the 103rd time with the Lakers in the playoffs, passing Pat Riley (102) for most playoff victories in Lakers franchise history. Overall, Jackson owns a 227-99 postseason record, with his 227 victories being the most of any NBA coach in playoff history. Additionally, Jackson's 326 career playoff games are also the most of any coach in playoff history, while his .696 postseason win percentage is tops among all coaches as well. With the Lakers 2010 NBA Championship, Jackson (11 as head coach, 2 as player) further surpassed legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach (9) for most championships won by a head coach while also further passing fellow Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell (11) for most championships won by a player/coach. Jackson has taken his teams to the NBA Finals 13 times, tying him with NHL coaching legend Scotty Bowman for most trips to the Finals in a major professional sport played in the United States.






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