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Without Kobe Bryant, Lakers lead New Orleans at halftime, 44-43

April 09, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Lakers forward Devin Ebanks tries to grab the ball below Hornets center Chris Kaman in the first half Monday night in New Orleans.
Lakers forward Devin Ebanks tries to grab the ball below Hornets center… (Gerald Herbert / Associated…)

NEW ORLEANS -- Kobe Bryant missed another game because of a sore left shin but the Lakers survived the first half against New Orleans ... barely.

Pau Gasol had 15 points and five rebounds as the Lakers took a 44-43 halftime lead Monday at New Orleans Arena.

Bryant is being called day-to-day by the Lakers, who finish a three-game trip Wednesday in San Antonio. Trainer Gary Vitti re-evaluated him earlier Monday and detected improvement in the shin but not enough to let him play.

Devin Ebanks had six points in the first half for the Lakers (35-22), who struggled in two victories over the Hornets last month. Andrew Bynum had a quiet first half, collecting seven points on two-for-seven shooting.

The most noticeable thing he did was deliver a bizarre foul on New Orleans point guard Greivis Vasquez above the three-point line after not getting a call at the other end late in the second quarter. Hornets fans began to boo Bynum after that.

Chris Kaman had 12 first-half points for the Hornets (15-41).

The Lakers entered the night only half a game ahead of the Clippers for third place in the Western Conference.

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