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  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Hornets center Robin Lopez and Lakers center Jordan Hill battle for a loose ball in the second half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. The Lakers won 103-87.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Lakers forward Metta World Peace and Hornets forward Al-Farouq Aminu battle for the ball in the first half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Hornets forward Al-Farouq Aminu attempts to block Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who passes to a teammate in the first half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Hornets guard Austin Rivers goes up for a shot, blocked by Lakers forward Antawn Jamison in the first half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a basket as Hornets center Robin Lopez tries to block Wednesday night at New Orleans Arena. Bryant surpassed the 30,000-point mark for his career as the Lakers pulled away for a 103-87 victory.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez goes up for a point in the first half as Lakers center Dwight Howard tries to block Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Lakers forward Metta World Peace and Hornets forward Al-Farouq Aminu battle for the ball in the first half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Lakers center Jordan Hill and Hornets center Robin Lopez go up for a rebound in the second half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. The Lakers won 103-87.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Hornets head coach Monty Williams coaches court side in the first half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Lakers forward Metta World Peace keeps the ball away from Hornets forward Ryan Anderson in the second half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. The Lakers won 103-87.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Hornets forward/center Jason Smith and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant go up for a rebound in the first half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Lakers center Dwight Howard keeps the ball away from Hornets center Robin Lopez in the second half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. The Lakers won 103-87.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Lakers center Dwight Howard goes up for a shot as Hornets center Robin Lopez tries to block during the first half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Lakers guard Darius Morris takes the ball down the court while Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez tries to block in the second half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. The Lakers won 103-87.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR --Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni coaches courtside in the first half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Lakers forward Metta World Peace tries to block Hornets guard Austin Rivers in the first half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Lakers guard Steve Nash, second from left, talks to others on the bench while sitting the game out due to injury Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Hornets guard Roger Mason and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant face off in the second half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. The Lakers won 103-87.

  • Advocate staff photo by KAREN S. DOERR -- Hornets center Robin Lopez (15) and Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez (21) go up to block a shot by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the first half Wed. night, Dec. 4, 2012 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.