LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Pau Gasol had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers inched closer to the top of the overall NBA standings with their 15th win in 16 games since the All-Star break, 102-84 over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night.

Andrew Bynum added 13 points in the Lakers’ seventh straight win. The two-time defending NBA champions jumped to an 18-point lead in the first half and weathered the Hornets’ fourth-quarter rally to sweep the four-game season series with a possible first-round playoff opponent.

Carl Landry had a season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Chris Paul had 10 points and nine assists in the Hornets’ second game without injured scoring leader David West.

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  1. Edward Garcia says:

    Hi, my name is Edward Garcia I’m a huge Lakers fan, I know you guys probably hear that every single day, but ever since I was 3 I can remember watching games in my uncles lap cheering on the lake show. Well, I’m writing to you the hopefully so you guys can somehow get this message across to the Laker Organization on behalf of me and my family. My niece Rosemary Romo who’s 7 years old, was diagnosed with Pylomyxoid Astrocytoma, a very aggressive brain tumor. Shes had to undergo countless surgeries, and is now undergoing chemo. As sad as it is to know she has to go through this, my family and I are not giving up, and she’s finally home making the best of her situation. She’s a very cheerful, polite kid who loves to draw, paint, and give out great big hugs and stickers. She’s a very big Laker fan as well and loves to sit down next to me during games and yell out “Go Lakers!” I just have one request, and I know this would make her very happy and she’d appreciate it very much. My request which is a secret to everyone in my family including Rosie, would be to invite her to one of the Laker games or even just to meet the players. I know its busy especially around this time of the year, but if you guys could do this for my niece it would mean the world to her, my family and I. Please email me back. Thank you for your time and god bless.

    Edward Garcia

    P.S. this is the link to her website if you’d like to know more about her situation.

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