Lakers coach Phil Jackson on his thoughts after Bryant's first stint:
"Better get him off the floor he's a liability. He came back in the second strong as ever and after a misplay on trying to get a foul and a three-point play by Trevor he was able to get it going."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on his expectations of Bryant:
"I expected him to lift the level of his game up. The first time out he was kind of feeling himself, how it's going out there on the court."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if he believes the dunk got Bryant going:
"It got the crowd going. It seemed to spark him. You know he was at a point, that's enough so yeah I think that was a big statement."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if the dunk shows that Bryant is healthy:
"No, just that he was mad."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on how the Lakers were able to be successful:
"I think we had our hands on a lot of balls and it's uncharacteristic of them to have 19 turnovers in a ballgame, so that was a big part of the game."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the play of former Lakers guard Trevor Ariza:
"Well he's really lifted his game. Trevor did not have a good year shooting the three point shot; he shot it well against us so that's obviously a big part. I think he feels comfortable out there. We need to make him a little more uncomfortable out there on the court."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson on if he expected this type of performance tonight:
"Well, you hope for it you don't expect it. It's your home court, you're coming back, and this is what you play for all year for to have this energy in a situation like that so expect it? No. Hopeful? Yes."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on his ankle in the first quarter of the game:
"It was alright, it was a little stiff but it loosened up the more I moved…the more I played the looser it got. That first couple of minutes I was ready to go."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on how his ankle is feeling:
"It feels alright. You know, the beauty of mind and medicine."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the physicality of tonight's game:
"We just played. We just played hard."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on why he opted not to have an MRI:
"Well, I was moving ok, I didn't feel like it was broken. And even if it was it wouldn't have mattered, I would have played anyway. So it was a waste of time. I would've had to go all the way up there and do that and then sit in 405 traffic for two hours."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on his dunk in the second quarter:
"I just had a lane to the basket. It looked like he was going to challenge me at the end and I accepted the challenge."
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on if his dunk sent a message:
"Well, I mean it's a message for us, that, you know, this is important. Play tough, do what we got to do…"
Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the team's second unit:
"That's one of our biggest strengths, we believe our second unit can go out there and be disruptive and cause turnovers, and allow us to get out and transition, and all those things were clicking."
Lakers' Derek Fisher on how his team elevated its play as the game went on:
"I think our guys coming off the bench did a great job…We allowed them to get in rhythm and get comfortable in the first quarter. They put up 32 points and that's something we can't allow to happen. Our guys off the bench came and got it going."
Lakers' Derek Fisher on Kobe Bryant playing tonight despite a sprained left ankle:
"I don't know what else I can add. I mean, his legacy…he's going to play. Whatever he's got going, as long as he has two hands and two feet he's going to play. He's going to figure it out."
Lakers' Derek Fisher on defensive adjustments his team made:
"The guys off the bench I think [helped]. I think Matt [Barnes] was really active with his hands on some loose balls. Steve [Blake] was running and getting some rebounds, Shannon [Brown] knocked down a couple big shots, and then Lamar's versatility, where he can rebound and push the ball [helped]. So I think the game just kind of opened up. But I think defensively they were a little more active, and rotating better and caused more to happen in that second quarter."
Lakers' Ron Artest on Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum's performances tonight in the paint:
"They played to their potential tonight, and they played hard. I know they played to their potential."
Lakers' Ron Artest on the Hornets low post defense against his team:
"I think the Hornets have a tough power forward and a center. I mean, there's Emeka [Okafor], Landry knocking the ball out, [and] Ariza is playing out of his mind."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on the importance of his team's third quarter performance tonight:
"Yeah, the third quarter we came out not flat, and we were able to kind of increase the lead there."
Lakers' Andrew Bynum on what he liked about his team's performance tonight:
"We came out there and we changed their rhythm. There were times in the game that were crucial and we pressured a little bit. It definitely showed up tonight. And then our defensive play and our offensive play, we were able to capitalize underneath this game."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on if the team is more motivated now considering Kobe Bryant might be limited:
"At this point we all have to step up and play, whether Kobe [Bryant] is limited or not. He didn't look limited tonight and he played very well…now we are 3-2 and we want to win the next one. We all have to step up no matter what."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on the Lakers physicality tonight:
"We should do that all the time. We should be able to play like that all the time. Tonight was definitely a game that we needed to play physical in and control the boards, and use our bodies. It was a good effort, good team effort. I think everybody played really hard and our energy was good and that's why we won the way we won."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on him and Andrew Bynum outscoring the Hornets big players:
"It's one of the aspects of the game that we want to control. If our front court is able to out-play their front court that's a big plus. Doesn't mean we are going to win, but it's a big plus."
Lakers' Pau Gasol on getting tired of some of the shoving under the basket:
"I didn't get tired of it. I was used to it. You have to play through it and you have to fight back. You're going to get bumped and pushed and shoved, and you have to push and shove back. I established myself better. I was able to absorb and deliver contact…"
Hornets coach Monty Williams on the different in tonight's game:
"We missed shots. To say that the Lakers took us out of [the game] I wouldn't say. I think we missed a ton of shots in the second half. Karl only had 7 attempts tonight he's gotta get more attempts. Emeka had some chances around the basket but he's got to catch the ball and go up there and finish."
Hornets coach Monty Williams on tonight's increased physicality:
"Give them credit, obviously. There was more focus to be physical tonight and I know you guys saw it. A lot of it, it's just not basketball so it's just one of those things we have recognize and withstand that kind of play and overcome it."
Hornets coach Monty Williams on Kobe Bryant's play and ankle:
"That's what he does. All this talk about his ankle, did it look like his ankle was hurting? Okay then. See that's why I don't even get into all that. It is what it is, he made a spectacular play.
Hornets coach Monty Williams on increasing the physicality of the game:
"In my opinion, when we went to the basket tonight they were putting us on the ground. At some point you have to know how to make a playoff foul and whether it comes from this experience, with our team we have to learn how to not allow him to get that play off because our guys are going down when they go to the basket whether it's on a free-throw, rebound, or when they attack the basket, so galvanizing? I don't know it is. He could have layed it up tonight and the crowd would still have screamed"
Hornets coach Monty Williams on if his team settled for jump shots:
"I think I talked to you about that before. When we play that way and start jacking up jump shots, you know, how have we won games? We've attacked the basket early and it's opened up everything for us. We hit a lot of jump shots and I thought 'cause guys were playing heavy minutes late in the game, Game 5 you don't have the legs like in Game 1. I thought it took away from out attack mentality. Every time we attacked in the second half whether it was Chris or Trevor or Marco we got to the line or Emeka got a tip out or something like that. I thought we gave into the jump shots too early.
Hornets' Chris Paul on his assists tonight and if he struggled tonight:
"Somewhat, somewhat. I wouldn't have known that if you told me about the assists, but we sort of did. The games that we have won in the series, we sort of been on attack mode. That tends to happen in basketball when you make a few shots; you want to keep taking them. We have to get back to attacking the rim and get to the free-throw line."
Hornets' Chris Paul on the wide discrepancy in bench points tonight:
"I don't know what to tell you. I think the tough thing for us tonight was the balance that they had. D Fish [Derek Fisher] 13 [points], 17 [points] somebody, 18 [points], 19 [points], so they were balanced. We have to figure out what we're going to take away. Trevor [Ariza] and Marco [Belinelli] had it going…all in all we played a pretty good game, pretty physical game. We have to figure out how to play physical without sending them to the free-throw line all the time…"
Hornets' Chris Paul on his level of confidence now that the record is 3-2:
"Still high. The great thing about it is now we get to go back to our home court with our fans behind us and we have to bring energy. It's the elimination game now. We can't leave anything out there. Like they always say 'win or go home.' We don't have another game to fall back on. This is all or nothing for us. We are going to come out Game 6 and play. I can't wait. I think that city, New Orleans probably wish the game was when we get back on the flight tonight.
Hornets' Chris Paul on the Lakers physicality:
"I don't know. I don't know. We are going to go, we are going to try and figure it out. We have to figure it out; I don't know the answer to that."
Hornets' Trevor Ariza on the Lakers balanced attack offensively tonight:
"They played well. There's nothing that we can say. I don't think we didn't fight or we didn't play well, I just feel like they played better than us. That's it."
Hornets' Trevor Ariza on the Hornets losing their early lead:
"I just felt like we stopped being aggressive. I don't think that they were more aggressive, I think we stopped being aggressive. We started settling, I know I did, for more jumpshots instead of taking it to the basket. That was the difference."
Hornets' Trevor Ariza on if the Hornets turnovers were due to the Lakers defense or self-inflicted:
"A lot of it I think has to do with us. But give them credit, they played great defense as well. If we want to have a chance, we have to take care of the ball."
Hornets' Trevor Ariza on Kobe Bryant playing well tonight despite being on crutches Sunday:
Hornets' Willie Green on the Lakers offensive rebounding tonight, from guards and big men:
"Sometimes as guards, we get caught looking instead of [boxing out] our guys and keeping those guys off the boards. They got a lot of size down there, but we have to do a better job. There's no excuses for that."
Hornets' Willie Green on the Hornets main focus going into Game 6:
"Win. That's it. We have to take care of home and go into this game focused, knowing that we can win."
Hornets' Willie Green on what he saw from Kobe tonight and if the Hornets prepared any differently for him considering his ankle injury:
"He played his normal game. We know Kobe is not going to sit out in the playoffs unless they shoot him with a tranquilizer. Other than that, he's going to get out there and play. We were ready for him, we were prepared for him to come out and play the game like he normally does."
Hornets' Emeka Okafor on how difficult it is to keep the Lakers big men out of the lane:
"It's difficult. That's why they're the two-time defending champions. They have a lot of size, strength and skill, and as far as matchups go, it's difficult."
Hornets' Emeka Okafor on Kobe playing well with his sprained ankle:
"That's for show. You know Kobe is going to play no matter what, even if he has to be out there on one leg."