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Lakers to face Hornets in first round

Updated: April 14, 2011, 2:03 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It took 82 games plus an extra overtime to secure the matchup, but the Los Angeles Lakers will begin their three-peat bid against a team they swept 4-0 during the regular season.

The Lakers open up the 2011 postseason at Staples Center as the No. 2 seed playing host to the No. 7 seed New Orleans Hornets.

The Lakers rebounded from a season-long five-game losing streak to end the season with two straight victories, capping the season with a nail-biting 116-108 ...

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