The New Orleans Hornets tied the series, 2-2, with the Los Angeles Lakers after a 93-88 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference Playoff First Round on April 24.
Hornets guard Chris Paul was a problem for the Lakers, scoring a triple-double of 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds leading towards a second New Orleans‚ victory. The wins guarantees a game 6 will have to be played back in New Orleans on Thursday April 28. Game 5 will tip off in Los Angeles on Tuesday April 26 at 10:30 p.m.
"Regardless of what happens in this series, it was good to see the city with a smile on their face," said Paul, during the postgame press conference. "It was fun, man. I'm just so thankful to get to say this is my way of life."
The Lakers received a balanced attack on offense from its starters. All five of the starting lineup scored double digits, with Kobe Bryant leading the way with 17 points and eight assists. Bryant rolled his ankle late in the fourth quarter, which may affect his play for the rest of the series.
"It's more on my foot," Bryant told reporters after the game. "But it's going to take a lot to stop me from playing. I've played through so many of them that it kind of becomes old habit.
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Paul, considered arguably the top point guard in the league, recorded the second triple-double of his playoff career. His 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds are just the 6th postseason triple-double posted against the Lakers in more than 20 years. Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd, Steve Francis and Rajon Rondo are the only other players to have recorded triple-doubles against L.A. throughout the past two decades.