Lakers Vs. Hornets Final Score: Kobe Bryant Leads L.A. To 98-80 Victory In Clincher

After scoring just nine points in the first quarter, Kobe Bryant came back with 15 points in the second half to complete a 98-80 victory over the New Orleans Hornets and capture the series, 4-2. Bryant finished with 24 points on 6-of-16 shooting, but 10-of-10 at the free throw line. The Lakers will face the winner of the Dallas Mavericks-Portland Trail Blazers series in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

Andrew Bynum added 18 points on 8-13 shooting for L.A., and had eight big offensive rebounds. Chris Paul, the star of the series and the point guard who had one of the more impressive triple-doubles in recent playoff history in Game 5, was limited to 10 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

Check out our Lakers vs. Hornets hub for full series coverage. For more on the Hornets, visit At The Hive. For more on the Lakers, visit Silver Screen And Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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