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SPORTS
April 9, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (40-37) host the New Orleans Hornets (27-50) on Tuesday in a game that is vital to their playoff chances. The Hornets are one of the worst teams in the league, but they're still playing to win games, taking five of their last 10. They gave the Lakers a true scare in early March, pulling ahead by 25 in New Orleans before the Lakers staged a tremendous comeback. Steve Nash is doubtful for Tuesday, with hamstring and hip soreness. With the Utah Jazz ahead in the standings by half a game, the Lakers simply can't afford to lose to the Hornets.
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SPORTS
April 9, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 104 - Hornets 96 (end of regulation) Kobe Bryant scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to push the Lakers past the feisty New Orleans Hornets, 104-96. Bryant nearly matched the Hornets' scoring for the period, falling three short of New Orleans' 26 points. The Lakers All-Star guard had just seven points after three quarters but finished the game with 30. The Lakers shot 50.6% from the field and Pau Gasol stepped up with a big game - 22 points and 11 rebounds. Dwight Howard was limited with foul trouble but finished with 19 points on nine-of-13 shooting and six rebounds.
SPORTS
April 9, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
It could have been the Lakers' darkest hour this season, losing at home to the New Orleans Hornets. So Kobe Bryant brought out his flashlight, flicked it on and shined it directly at the Hornets. Twelve chaotic minutes later, Bryant had taken the Lakers to a 104-96 victory Tuesday at Staples Center. Yes, there is light near the end of the regular season. Barely. Bryant entered the fourth quarter with seven points and finished with 30, pushing the Lakers to their most important victory this season, if only because they moved half a game ahead of Utah for eighth place in the Western Conference.
SPORTS
April 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Steve Nash is doubtful to play on Tuesday night, still struggling with hamstring and hip soreness. "Steve is still experiencing some discomfort, and it's day to day and he'll keep trying to improve," said Coach Mike D'Antoni.  "It's getting better but it's not quite there yet. " On Sunday, D'Antoni said he was hoping to have Nash back by Tuesday for the Lakers' battle against the New Orleans Hornets.  Steve Blake will get the start instead....
SPORTS
April 8, 2013
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 40-37, Hornets 27-50. Record vs. Hornets: 3-0. Update: The Hornets and Lakers have the same record over the last 10 games (5-5). The Lakers won their three earlier games against New Orleans by an average of 8.7 points, but needed to rally from 25 down for a 108-102 road victory last month. The Hornets are 1-2 on a five-game trip. - Mike Bresnahan
SPORTS
March 27, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
NEW ORLEANS - On a night when the Clippers were still smarting and weary from an overtime loss to Dallas, they received the lift it needed from their reserves. Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Ryan Hollins, Lamar Odom and Eric Bledsoe won this game with their play in the fourth quarter, helping the Clippers carve out a 105-91 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night at the New Orleans Arena. Because those five played so well, it allowed Chris Paul to play just 33 minutes 44 seconds against the Hornets, one night after he played 39:27 against the Mavericks on Tuesday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Michel Gondry denies feeling stung by "The Green Hornet. " The $120-million action-adventure arrived in 2011 as the Oscar-winning French filmmaker's first Hollywood-backed studio movie. A modest hit starring Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz, it required him to make no small number of creative compromises on its way to the screen, marking the only time final cut on one of his films was wrested away during an idiosyncratic dozen-year feature career. "Doing a big studio movie, the process could be, at times, challenging," Gondry admits in Inspector Clouseau-like English.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Midway through their battle in New Orleans against the Hornets, the Lakers seemed destined to fall two games below .500. A 33-9 fourth-quarter run lifted the Lakers to 31-31 on the season, defeating New Orleans, 108-102. Additionally, the Utah Jazz fell apart in the final moments in Cleveland, losing to the Cavaliers, 104-101.  The Cavaliers got another brilliant finish from point guard Kyrie Irving to send Utah to 32-29. In Dallas, the Mavericks closed out the Houston Rockets, 112-108, knocking Houston down to 33-29.
SPORTS
March 6, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
NEW ORLEANS -- Forget for a minute that it happened against the New Orleans Hornets, the team with the worst home record in the Western Conference. Disregard for a few seconds how the Lakers found themselves down 25 points - 25 points - to the team paying rent in the West basement for much of the time this season. The Lakers might have finally found something in their goofiest twist yet, their largest comeback since 2002 with a 108-102 victory Wednesday at New Orleans Arena. All it took was a 20-0 run to end the game, amid 12 consecutive missed Hornets shots and five New Orleans turnovers in the final six minutes.
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