Kobe Bryant plays in Game 5

Updated: April 27, 2011, 1:16 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant played in Game 5 of the team's first-round series against the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday.

He scored 19 points in 28 minutes as the Lakers won 106-90 for a 3-2 series lead.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson made the announcement prior to tip-off.

"I think the questionable thing is, how well can he play? Can he help his team when he's on the floor? Do we stay with him if he doesn't help the team because he can be a liability ...

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