Lakers 98, Hornets 80

NEW ORLEANS — The Lakers advanced to the second round with a comprehensive victory over the New Orleans Hornets tonight in Game 5. Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and made 10 of 10 from the line. Andrew Bynum scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Lakers broke open the game with a 19-6 run that gave them an 84-63 lead in the fourth quarter. They led most of the way and were never challenged late. The Lakers even made Chris Paul seem human, holding him to 10 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists.