DENVER When Andrew Bynum wheeled into the lane and lofted a 5-foot jump hook toward the basket late in the third quarter, Denver center JaVale McGee took a step back and swatted the ball away. It was a call that everyone in the building figured was goaltending, except for the three officials.
But the ball went right to Ramon Sessions, who sank a jumper that helped the surging Lakers, who once trailed by 24 points, close to within five points.
All's well that ends well?
Hardly. Bynum was furious, gesturing and shouting at officials as he jogged back on defense. When the Lakers called timeout a few seconds later, Bynum refused to relent. Soon, he had to be restrained from the officials by Kobe Bryant, Matt Barnes and assistant coach John Kuester, who teamed to push him toward the bench.
The play maynot have thwarted momentum, and there was plenty else that went wrong for Los Angeles in its 99-84 loss to the Nuggets, who shaved the Lakers lead in the series lead to 2 to 1.