2011 NBA Playoffs: 5 Keys to the Lakers’ Game 3 Win over the Hornets

Game 3 is considered by many to be the most pivotal game in a 7 game series.  You can essentially put the series away at 3-0 or take a 2-1 lead with the opportunity to close out on your home floor.  

As a result of the Hornets historic performance in Game 1, the Lakers fall into the latter category, yet, they have managed to regain control of a series that has been a bit more of a struggle than most anticipated.  

The Lakers are 6-1 against the Hornets this season and their 100-86 blowout win in game 3 seems to indicate that the undermanned and undersized Hornets are running out of steam after their initial burst. 

With that in mind, let's take a look at the five keys to the Lakers game 3 victory on Friday night.

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