NBA Playoffs 2011: Lakers Defend Homecourt in Game 5 Win Over Hornets

The Los Angeles Lakers tightened up their defense after a rough first quarter to beat the New Orleans Hornets running away Tuesday night in Los Angeles, 106-90.

A balanced Lakers attack, led by 19 points from Kobe Bryant were too much for the Hornets to handle, as the Lakers take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Trevor Ariza led the Hornets with 22 points, and Marco Belinelli added 21 points in his best game of the series.

The Hornets travel back to New Orleans to try and extend the series on Thursday night. The winner of the series plays the winner of the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Mavericks currently hold a 3-2 lead in that matchup.

Here are some things to take away from Game 5.

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