Saturday , Jan , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets welcome Kobe, Lakers to Ford Center

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers conclude a three-game road trip
against the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets tonight at the Ford Center.

Los Angeles is 1-1 on the swing. On Thursday, Josh Howard scored 29 points and
pulled down 11 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks crushed the Lakers, 114-95, at
the American Airlines Center.

Superstar Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and dished out five assists in the los
to Dallas for the Lakers, who had their three-game winning streak halted.
Rookie Jordan Farmar contributed 17 points off the bench in defeat.

The Lakers, who opened the swing with a 100-96 victory over the San Antonio
Spurs at the AT&T Center, are 8-10 on the road this season.

After tonight’s contest, the Lakers return home for a three-game stand. They
will host Golden State, Charlotte and San Antonio on the upcoming homestand.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City tries to rebound from a tough loss. On Friday, Tony
Parker scored 23 points and Tim Duncan contributed 12 points and 16 rebounds
in San Antonio’s 99-86 victory over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

David West had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who had a three-game
winning streak halted, but lost for the 13th time in 18 contests overall.
Bobby Jackson had 14 points in a losing effort. West returned to the court for
the first time since November 12. He missed the previous 30 games due to an
elbow injury.

New Orleans/Oklahoma City continues to play without star guard Chris Paul
(sprained right ankle) and forward Peja Stojakovic (lower back). Paul, who was
injured on December 26th, leads the team in scoring (18.4 ppg) and assists
(9.0 apg). Stojakovic is averaging 17.8 points per game and last played on
November 24th.

The Hornets are 9-10 as the host this season. They will visit the Philadelphia
76ers on Tuesday at the Wachovia Center and the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday
at Air Canada Centre.

This is the second meeting of the season between the squads. The Hornets
defeated the Lakers, 105-89, on December 6th at the Staples Center.

The Lakers have won two of their last three at the Hornets.