Hornets Took Game 1 vs Lakers – Recap April 17, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul and a few teammates sneaked across the street from their hotel to Staples Center the night before the New Orleans Hornets began the postseason, eagerly hoisting up a few shots in the shadows of the Lakers’ imposing championship banners.With their tumultuous regular season finally a memory, Paul said the Hornets were almost unbearably eager for the playoffs to start.Maybe that’s why New Orleans got the drop on the defending champs in a stunning series opener.Paul had 33 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, flawlessly leading the Hornets down the stretch of a 109-100 victory Sunday.More on the LakersFor more news, notes and analysis of the Lakers, check out the Land O’ Lakers blog from the Kamenetzky Brothers. BlogCarl Landry scored 17 points and Jarrett Jack added 15 for the seventh-seeded Hornets, who overcame Los Angeles’ major size advantage with cagey defense and a disciplined offensive approach that led to just three turnovers, tying an NBA playoff record.

via New Orleans Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers – Recap – April 17, 2011 – ESPN.