If the Lakers had lost to New Orleans, it would have been bad. The Hornets are tied for the worst record in the NBA West. The Lakers trailed by as much as 25, but they went on a 20-0 scoring streak to finish the last six and a half minutes of the game and win 108-102. Kobe Bryant scored 42 points.
According to ESPN LA, coming back from 25 points down to win is the Lakers' third-largest comeback since Bryant joined the team.
The win still leaves the Lakers outside the top eight NBA West teams that make the playoffs. But they are 31-31, and just 1½ games behind the eight-place Utah Jazz.
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