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Kobe Bryant leaves behind P.J. Brown. (Alex Gallardo / LAT)
FAST LANE: Chucky Atkins drives to the basket past Matt Freije in the first quarter of the Lakers’ win over New Orleans. (Alexander Gallardo / LAT)
Laker Jumaine Jones blocks Lee Nailon of the New Orleans Hornets (Robert Laberge / Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Chris Mihm goes up to the basket against New Orleans Hornets’ P.J. Brown. (Danny Moloshok / AP)
FENDING HIM OFF: Laker Lamar Odom goes up for a layup as he shields New Orleans forward P.J. Brown on his way to the basket in second quarter. Odom finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. (Alexander Gallardo / LAT)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Caron Butler looks at official Violet Palmer after he was ejected from the game for throwing a punch, as New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Andersen stands nearby. (Danny Moloshok / AP)
Treanna Mather of Costa Mesa lets it be known that she’d like Shaquille O’Neal back in town. (Alexander Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)