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.