NEW ORLEANS -- Kobe Bryant missed another game because of a sore left shin, but the Lakers survived the New Orleans Hornets ... barely.
Pau Gasol had 25 points, Andrew Bynum added 18 and Ramon Sessions hit a big three-pointer as the Lakers overcame an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win, 93-91, 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 reevaluated him Monday and detected improvement in the shin but not enough to let him play.
Sessions had 17 points and six assists for the Lakers (36-22), who struggled in two victories over the Hornets last month and again labored Monday.