New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – The Lakers have already had one four-game losing streak this season, but Lamar Odom made sure it didn’t happen a second time by scoring a game-high 24 points to lead Los Angeles to a 103-88 victory over New Orleans.
Chris Paul led the Hornets with 20 points and seven assists. Marco Belinelli scored 15 and Jarrett Jack added 12 in a reserve role for the Hornets, who have dropped two straight and four of six overall.
Paul scored 11 points in the first quarter but the Lakers still took a 26-23 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
Matt Barnes hit a long three-pointer at 7:27 to put the Lakers up 41-29, and Fisher added a trey and mid-range jumper to extend LA’s advantage to 46-29 with just under six minutes left in the second.
Bynum’s put-back layup at 1:10 gave the Lakers a 57-39 lead and Gasol drained two from the line for a 20-point edge. Paul responded with two free throws to cut the Lakers lead to 59-41 at the half.
Bryant’s driving layup opened up the third-quarter scoring, and his short jumper with eight minutes left put the Lakers’ lead at a game-high 24.
Paul trimmed the deficit to 71-54 on a layup, but the Lakers quickly pushed it back to 20 with a Shannon Brown three at 2:56. Odom’s three ended the quarter, and gave LA an 83-60 lead entering the fourth.
The Lakers’ lead never fell below 15 down the stretch.
The Lakers’ four-game skid was from November 26-December 1…LA had a 44-24 rebounding advantage…The Lakers committed 21 turnovers, while the Hornets had 16…New Orleans had a four-game home winning streak snapped…Emeka Okafor scored 10 and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss.