Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/30/13
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers used a big early run to take command, increased their lead to as much as 18 then held on against the feisty New Orleans Hornets to take a 111-106 win Tuesday night at Staples Center. Trailing by 18 with just under six minutes remaining, the Hornets used a 21-4 run to cut the deficit to 102-101 with 2:05 left. However, the Lakers regained control as Earl Clark dropped in a layup, Steve Nash drained a 3-pointer, and after a 28-foot 3-pointer from New Orleans' Eric Gordon, Antawn Jamison drove to the hoop for a finger-roll layup with 15.1 seconds left to ice Los Angeles' third straight win. The biggest catalyst to the Lakers' recent success? Kobe Bryant has become one of the game's most prolific passers. Bryant had 11 assists -- after back-to-back 14-assist games, both in wins -- to go along with 14 points and eight rebounds. With Bryant changing his game, the Lakers' offense has come alive around him, particularly in the post. Los Angele...
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