Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and the Los Angeles Lakers look to close out Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets Thursday night in Game 6 of their first round NBA playoff series in New Orleans. The Lakers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2, thanks to a 106-90 win in Game 5 Tuesday night at Staples Center. Here are the relevant details of tonight's contest:
- Who: No. 2 seed Lakers, No. 7 seed Hornets
- What: Game 6, NBA Western Conference quarterfinals
- Where: New Orleans Arena, amazingly enough in New Orleans, Louisiana
- When: 5 p.m. PDT
- TV: TNT, KCAL
- Closing It Out: In the Pau Gasol era with the Lakers (since 2008), the Lakers have had 11 chances to close out a series. They have closed out 10 series on the first try. In the 2009 Western Conference semifinals, the Lakers held a 3-2 series lead over the Rockets but lost Game 6 in Houston. The Lakers won the series in Game 7.
- Kobe In The Road Purple With The Final Blow: Kobe Bryant has scored 30 or more points in each of the last eight games in which the Lakers have had the chance to close out a series on the road, an NBA record.
Lakers History In Game 6: When leading a series 3-2, the Lakers all-time are 13-11 in Game 6 on the road, and have won four of their last five such road Games 6.
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