Final score: Lakers 106, Hornets 90
Now this was the Lakers team everyone was expecting. They put an exclamation point on Game 5 of their best-of-seven series with the New Orleans Hornets. The Lakers lead 3-2 as they head back to New Orleans for Game 6 on Thursday.
Kobe Bryant, the subject of great angst because of an injured ankle, showed he can play through pain. Lots of it. After a tentative first quarter, he showed everyone he’s still Kobe in the second quarter including a signature dunk over Emeka Okafor.
He finished with 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting. And he did that in only 28 minutes. Bryant also had four assists.
There was also a dominating performance by Andrew Bynum, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. What about the much maligned Pau Gasol? He did quite well with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Ex-Laker Trevor Ariza had 22 points and Chris Paul had 20. Marco Belinelli, playing his best game scored 21.
We'll have more on the game soon at latimes.com/sports