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Lakers united by team defense

Challenged by a superstar in Chris Paul, L.A. congealed throughout the first round

Updated: April 29, 2011, 2:33 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Ron Artest couldn't remember the way the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round matchup began against the New Orleans Hornets ("Did we lose the first game?" he asked earnestly), but he had no problem recalling a defensive possession from Game 6 not involving him that illustrated, to Artest, why Los Angeles won the series.

"In the last quarter, the second unit, Drew [Andrew Bynum] went out to the corner, they set a double screen on Matt [Barnes], and Steve [Blake] went to the post. ...

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