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Artest then missed his second 3-point attempt in three possessions and the Hornets began rebuilding their lead. Songaila tipped in West's miss. Soon after, Posey's 3 put the Hornets up 96-86 with 2:19 to go. The Lakers started fouling, but the Hornets hit their next eight free throws -- four by Paul and two each by Thornton and Posey.
New Orleans wound up outshooting the Lakers 49 percent to 42 percent as Los Angeles was hurt by 7-of-29 shooting from 3-point range.
Gasol scored the Lakers' first 12 points and his dunk later gave Los Angeles a 21-17 lead, but New Orleans regained the lead for good on consecutive 3s by Posey and Collison.
Those baskets began a 17-1 run that carried into the second quarter and featured two more 3s, one each by Paul and Collison, and New Orleans' lead hovered around 10 points throughout the period.
Odom scored on a spin move in the lane while being fouled as time expired in the second quarter, but missed his free throw, and the Hornets led 50-42 at halftime.
NOTES: Hornets owner George Shinn, who has been undergoing treatment for prostate cancer for the past several months, said he recently learned he is cancer free and was sitting courtside at the game, next to actor Bruce Willis. ... Prior to tipoff, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said forward Luke Walton, who has been out with a pinched nerve in his back, is expected to be back at practice next week and could start doing some court work by Thursday. ... Jackson said center Andrew Bynum, out with a left Achilles' strain, only began walking without discomfort over the weekend. "I haven't put any timetable on Andrew at all," Jackson said, adding that he does not believe Bynum needs to play before the playoffs begin. ... The Lakers conclude a five-game road trip at Atlanta on Wednesday.
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