Find first intersection between two paths

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    First find the paths from the root to the two nodes, and find the intersection between the two lists.

    public TreeNode lowestCommonAncestor(TreeNode root, TreeNode p, TreeNode q) {
        LinkedList<TreeNode> pl = new LinkedList<TreeNode>();
        LinkedList<TreeNode> ql = new LinkedList<TreeNode>();
        findPath(root, p, pl);
        findPath(root, q, ql);
        //find first intersection node
        LinkedList<TreeNode> longPath = pl.size() > ql.size() ? pl : ql;
        int diff = Math.abs(pl.size() - ql.size());
        for (int i = 0; i < diff; i++) {
        while (pl.peek() != ql.peek()) {
        return pl.peek();
    public boolean findPath(TreeNode root, TreeNode n, LinkedList<TreeNode> list) {
        if (root == null) {
            return false;
        if (root == n || findPath(root.left, n, list) || findPath(root.right, n, list)) {
            return true;
        return false;

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