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LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Bynum said after finishing the Lakers' final pre-playoff practice Saturday: "We're well aware we need to come out and make a statement in the first game." Bynum wanted the Lakers to re-establish themselves as a threat to win what would be a third NBA championship in four years by dominating the Denver Nuggets, and that's just what happened Sunday at Staples Center. The Lakers' defense was smothering, and it was Bynum who anchored the paint and turned high-percentage Denver shots into disappointing results for the NBA's highest-scoring team in the regular season. The Lakers won, 103-88, and Bynum piled up 10 blocks - tying the NBA record held by Mark Eaton and Hakeem Olajuwon for a playoff game. Bynum added 10 points and 13 rebounds for a triple-double, his career first and the Lakers' first in the postseason since Magic Johnson's in the 1991 NBA Finals. The Nuggets scored 104.1 points on 47.6 percent shooting in th...
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LOS ANGELES – Confidence. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets with sincere confidence. The win was seriously one step shy of the thumping that the New York Knicks took from the Miami Heat.
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Following the loss to the Lakers, the Nuggets head coach argued that Bynum "was playing nice illegal defense" during a dominant performance the included 10 blocks.
The Los Angeles Lakers began their quest for a 17th NBA championship Sunday with a bang, easily defeating the Denver Nuggets 103-88 at Staples Center. The Lakers dominant performance was anchored by the defensive play of all-star center Andrew Bynum, who notched his first career triple double with 10 points, 13 rebounds and tying an [...]
Andrew Bynum is looking to set the tone with a lopsided win over the Nuggets.
It was just a year ago that Andrew Bynum, who goes seven feet tall and close to 300 well-muscled pounds, delivered a gratuitously vicious forearm shiver to the rib cage of J.J. Barea, a foot shorter and 175 pounds.
It was arguably the most shameful moment in the Lakers' long and mostly glorious postseason history. The undersized Mavericks point guard had done more than expose...
The Nuggets threw a dizzying array of double teams at the Lakers' Andrew Bynum, but he just punished them in their 103-88 Game 1 victory Sunday over Denver with his own block party. Denver Coach George Karl felt the literal and figurative rejection, causing him to try plan B. Work the officials.
"He was playing nice illegal defense," Karl told reporters, including...
Once Sunday evening arrived, the Lakers could relax. They had just coasted to a double-digit Game 1 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Andrew Bynum's 10 blocks tied an NBA playoff record. The Lakers raved about their team effort and Mike Brown's preparation. But the learning hadn't stopped.
No, Brown didn't hold a lengthy film session or practice. Instead, many of...
Bynum hosted an NBA record-tying block party Sunday at Staples Center. The Denver Nuggets weren’t invited.
When last we saw ANDREW BYNUM in the playoffs, the seven foot L.A. Lakers center was flagrantly blocking opposing guards out of bounds, earning himself and eventually his team an automatic ejection from the postseason.
On Sunday, the Lakers—Bynum in particular—looked...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets still believe Andrew Bynum and the Lakers play illegal defense all the time.
The Nuggets also realize it's on them to make the 7-foot shot-blocker's job a whole lot tougher, or their playoff stay will be short.
"He's not going to shrink by tomorrow," Arron Afflalo said Monday before the Nuggets' practice.
The Lakers were out for blood on Sunday in game 1 against the Nuggets. Lakers came out swinging and never let up the entire game. The Nuggets never led and ultimately lost 103-88. Andrew Bynum was particularly impressive setting several records. He tied the NBA playoff record for blocks (10), he also scored his first [...]
Kobe Bryant may be the man with five championship rings, but Andrew Bynum was the guy making history Sunday afternoon. On the second day of the NBA playoffs, Bynum put up the first triple-double for the Lakers in 21 years as Los Angeles ripped past the Denver Nuggets in the first game of their opening-round series. The Spurs, no stranger to the playoffs themselves, also put up a...
George Karl suggested Andrew Bynum's defense was helped by poor officiating.
EL SEGUNDO, CA -- Since the Lakers were embarrassingly swept out of last season's NBA Playoffs by eventual champion Dallas in the second round, nothing has been easy for the 16-time NBA Champions.
Following a work stoppage, the negated trade with New Orleans (at the time owned by the league and run by David Stern) for All Star point guard Chris Paulwho ended up down the hall...
Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, Andrew Bynum posted the Lakers' first playoff triple-double in 21 years with an NBA postseason record-tying 10 blocked shots, and Los Angeles thoroughly controlled the tempo in a playoff-opening 103-88 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
Bynum, the Lakers' All-Star center coming off his best regular season, also had 10 points and 13 rebounds...