Another game, another victory for the new-era Lakers. Kobe Bryant brushed up against a triple-double for the third consecutive game, Dwight Howard took advantage of his allotment of shots and L.A.'s bench nearly carried the team through to the end of the 111-106 victory Tuesday night against the visiting Hornets, the final game at Staples Center before the rejuvenated Lakers embark on a seven-game road trip.

Another game, another victory for the new-era Lakers. Kobe Bryant brushed up against a triple-double for the third consecutive game, Dwight Howard took advantage of his allotment of shots and L.A.'s bench nearly carried the team through to the end of the 111-106 victory Tuesday night against the visiting Hornets, the final game at Staples Center before the rejuvenated Lakers embark on a seven-game road trip.

Bryant finished with 14 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. He has 39 assists in the last three games, the most assists in any three-game stretch of his 17-year career. He also reached double-digits in helpers in three straight games for the first time since January 2009.

Give the Hornets credit, they refused to go away. They trailed by 18 points in the second quarter before cutting the deficit to four with 2:45 remaining in the third, then fell behind by 18 again in the fourth before storming back within a point on an eight-foot runner by Greivis Vasquez with 2:04 remaining.

Earl Clark scored the last of his 20 points with some fancy footwork inside for the Lakers, and Vasquez then air-balled a two-footer on the other end. Steve Nash and Eric Gordon traded 3-pointers before Antawn Jamison scored on a drive to extend L.A.'s lead back to 109-104 with 15 seconds remaining.