2011 NBA Playoffs: 5 Reasons Kobe and Lakers Fared Better in Game 2

The NBA Playoffs finally got on track for the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night with a series-tying 87-78 Game 2 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. The happenings of the game and the final score carried a contrasting tune to the series' opening stanza on Sunday.

The cast of important characters changed from the initial rendering in Game 1, and the Lakers' adjustments, though not yielding a very pristine performance, were enough to alter the course of the series before it took a sharp turn toward the Hornets.

Why did Kobe Bryant and the Lakers fare better against the Hornets on Wednesday night? The answers were indicators of success in Game 2 and might be the blueprint for success throughout this postseason. 

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