Kobe Bryant had 17 points for the Lakers, but did not score in the first half and finished 5 of 18 shooting.
He also came up lame late in the fourth quarter, favoring his left ankle after a collision with Willie Green.
Andrew Bynum’s knee was the topic of discussion at Saturday practice as the Lakers prepare for game 4 Sunday on KCAL 9 in New Orelans. Bynum went down hard in the 3rd quarter holding his surgically repaired knee. He Scored 14 points and 11 rebounds in game 3.
Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Lamar Odom scored 16 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers survived poor games from their two biggest stars to even their first-round playoff series with an 87-78 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Chris Paul is a problem for just about any opponent’s defense. As the New Orleans point guard proved in the Hornets’ playoff opener, he’s a particular conundrum for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The difference between the two teams in this series is simple. The Los Angeles Lakers think they have it bad. The New Orleans Hornets actually do have it bad.
Game 1 – Sun April 17 New Orleans at L.A. Lakers 12:30PM ABC
Game 2 – Wed April 20 New Orleans at L.A. Lakers 7:30PM 10:30PM TNT
Pau Gasol had a season-high 34 points to go with 10 rebounds, helping the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 101-95 on Saturday night.