NBA Playoffs 2011: Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Hornets Game 5 Reaction

The Los Angeles Lakers faced off against the New Orleans Hornets in Game 5 of what has turned out to be a very exciting first round playoff series. 

In a game that was very much back and forth in the first half, Kobe & Company took control in the second half en route to a 106-90 victory. 

Naturally, Kobe Bryant led the team in scoring with 19 points, seemingly low compared to what we've come to expect from him but we must remember that he was playing with a sprained ankle.

Game 6 happens Thursday in New Orleans and it will certainly be interesting to see what happens.  In Game 5 however, Chris Paul and his team just looked outmatched and outplayed.  Long story short, the Lakers took them to school.

Here are the key factors that led to Los Angeles winning and taking a 3-2 series lead.

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