It goes without saying that the Los Angeles Lakers face a pivotal Game 5 Tuesday night at Staples Center against the Hornets in their first round NBA playoff series. They don't want to head back to New Orleans with the Hornets needed only a win to eliminate the Lakers. Kobe Bryant, bum ankle and all, is expected to play Tuesday night, in the 7:30 p.m. PDT game which will be televised by TNT and Fox Sports West. Here are some facts and figures about Game 5, this series, and Lakers' playoff history.
- In Game 5 of a 2-2 best-of-seven series all-time, the Lakers are 25-8, including 19-0 at home
- When winning Game 5 to go up 3-2 in a best-of-seven series, the Lakers are 16-0 in series since the 1969 NBA Finals (which they lost to Bill Russell and Boston)
- The Lakers have played five Games 5 of a 2-2 series at home in the last three seasons, and have won all five games by an average of 16.4 points per contest.
Here is the series schedule:
- Game 1 - Hornets 109, Lakers 100
- Game 2 - Lakers 87, Hornets 78
- Game 3 - Lakers 100, Hornets 86
- Game 4 - Hornets 93, Lakers 88
- Game 5 - Tuesday, at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m. (TNT, Prime Ticket)
- Game 6 - Thursday, New Orleans, TBD (TNT)
- Game 7* - Saturday, at Los Angeles, TBD (TNT)
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