Half: Lakers 40, Hornets 34

NEW ORLEANS — Was this the Lakers’ best defensive half of the series tonight in Game 6? Or were the New Orleans Hornets simply shooting bricks? The Hornets did miss a good many open shots in the first half, shooting only 41.2 percent (14 of 34). the Lakers were a little more efficient with the ball, especially when they put it into the hands of Andrew Bynum, who scored 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the half. Kobe Bryant had nine points despite tweaking his sprained left ankle in the first quarter. Chris Paul was very quiet in the first half for the Hornets, scoring two points on 1-for-2 shooting and adding four assists.