The Lakers were determined to get off to a great start and silence the New Orleans crowd. That they did.

The Lakers led by 7 after one, and went on to an 100-86 win in game 3 of their first round Western Conference series.

The Lakers have plenty of weapons. Pau Gasol got untracked scoring 17 points, including a big three pointer with 10:52 to play in the game.

The Hornets simply cannot rely on their defense to do it all. New Orleans needs scoring and isn't getting it from its bench. Center Aaron Gray was scoreless in 7 minutes. Guard Willie Green was scoreless in 12:32. Jack scored only 6 points in 21:54.

Head coach Monty Williams can preached defense and blue collar. That is good enough to win games in the regular season. But, in the playoffs, you have to have players who can score and generate their own shot. And, the Hornets do not have enough of those.