Seventh heaven

The Lakers won their seventh in a row to start the season, building a big lead and then holding off the New Orleans Hornets down the stretch to win, 93-86. Later, guard Derek Fisher insisted the Lakers can improve their game.

Fisher’s postgame comments:
“I do think it’s a positive thing that we’ve gotten off to a good start. The season is extremely long and sometimes there’s no way to avoid a bad loss or a poor effort. So it’s important to rack up wins early in the season. At the same time, I don’t think we’re playing perfect or great basketball over 48 minutes.”

Kobe Bryant agreed, saying:
“Whether we win by 30 or whatever we won by (Wednesday), we always try to find areas to improve. It’s no different. You look it at as a learning experience. It’s just like the other games, this is no different.”

Coach Phil Jackson had this to say about the Lakers’ defense against the Hornets:
“I thought our defense played well tonight. We didn’t convert all of the fastbreak opportunities that we had. That came back and haunted us a little bit toward the latter part of the game. They figured it out in the second half and came out and played pretty well.”

Here are a few facts and figures:
The Lakers held the Hornets to 30 points on 27.9 percent shooting in the first half. …
Fisher and Bryant had 20 points apiece, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol had 14 apiece and Trevor Ariza had 10 points. … Chris Paul had 30 points for New Orleans. … The last time the Lakers started a season 7-0, they won the NBA title in 2001-02. They were last 8-0 in 1987-88 (another title season). Their best start was 11-0 in 1997-98.

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