Bryant, Lakers roar back against Hornets, 108-012

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives to the basket past New Orleans Hornets forward Al-Farouq Aminu, behind, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives to the basket past New Orleans Hornets forward Al-Farouq …

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 42 points during a 20-0 run in the last 6:22 of the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 25-point deficit to fend off the New Orleans Hornets, 108-102 on Wednesday night.

The Hornets were still ahead by 21 in the final minute of the third quarter when Greivis Vasquez's 3-pointer made it 93-72, and even after the Lakers had whittled their deficit to 12, the Hornets were up 102-88 after Robin Lopez's dunk with 6:47 to go. But the Hornets would not score again, and Bryant began to take over with a big assist from Jodie Meeks, who hit two of his five 3-pointers during the final surge to finish with 19 points.

Dwight Howard had 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks for Los Angeles. Bryant also had 12 assists.

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