NBA Playoffs 2011: New Orleans Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game 2 Report Card

Well it didn't take a soothsayer to predict this outcome.

After an embarrassing defeat in Game 1, the Los Angeles Lakers rebounded to beat New Orleans 87-78 in Wednesday night's Game 2, evening the series at one game a piece as it shifts to The Big Easy. 

To the Hornets' credit, they didn't seem satisfied with earning a split and came out with the effort and intensity needed to beat a champion on its home floor in a near must-win situation. They didn't have enough offense to pull it off.

Outstanding performances by Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum offset a quiet night by Kobe Bryant, but the Lakers will need more from him and Pau Gasol if they are to advance and make a run at a three-peat.

We're getting ahead of ourselves by looking that far into the future. Let's stay in the present and hand out some grades to Game 2's participants.

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