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Paul shows Lakers series not a Big Easy

Chris Paul

PaulHe's done it 11 times in his regular-season career, but just once before in the playoffs until Sunday. With 27 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists, Chris Paul recorded his second career triple-double in the postseason.

The Elias Sports Bureau tells us Paul joined Hall-of-Famer Oscar Robertson as the only players with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in a playoff game. Robertson accomplished that feat twice, once in 1962 against the Detroit Pistons and again in 1964 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Paul was also a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line, something Robertson did too in that 1964 game when he was 12-12 on free throws.

It's just the sixth triple-double in the postseason against the Lakers in the past 20 seasons. Paul joins Rajon Rondo, Tim Duncan, Steve Francis and Jason Kidd, who did it twice. Paul has 60 points, 20 rebounds and 29 assists in the Hornets' two wins this series, coming within three rebounds of a triple-double in Game 1.

Although all five Lakers starters scored in double figures, none had more than 17 points. Kobe Bryant led the team with 17 points, but all came after halftime. It was the first time since May 25, 2004 that Bryant failed to score in any half in a postseason game. Kobe was 0-7 from the floor in the first half and finished 5-18 for the game. He made just 23 percent of his shots from beyond 10 feet and was 0-3 from 3-point range.

Another story of the game was second-chance points. The Hornets had 20 while the Lakers had four.

The Hornets have won 11 of their last 14 home playoff games dating back to 2004, but have never won a playoff series that went to at least six games. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 25-8 all-time when tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven series.