Kobe Bryant scored 30 points in Game 3, leading the Lakers to a 100-86 win over the Hornets Friday night. L.A. now leads New Orleans 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.

Andrew Bynum added 14 points and 11 rebounds. He briefly went down holding his right knee, but remained in the game after trainers examined him and then got a rest for most of the fourth quarter. Lamar Odom scored 13 points for the two-time defending champs, who took the lead for good when Ron Artest made a layup as he was fouled to make it 13-10.

Chris Paul had 22 points and eight assist for the Hornets, who managed to stay within single digits for long stretches of the game but never truly threatened to take the lead in the second half.


Pau  Gasol added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Carl Landry led all Hornet scorers with 23. Size truly killed the Hornets last night. Check out Scott's blog here for more in depth analysis. Game 4 is tomorrow night in New Orleans. Tip-off is set for 8:30.