A day before Andrew Bynum produced one of the most eye-popping defensive performances in NBA playoff history, he spoke up to his Lakers teammates about the importance of getting off to a good start in their championship quest.
“It’s the only way really possible for me to get a triple-double — through blocked shots,” Bynum said of his first career triple-double. “If I play good D, we’ll win games. I think I’m just going to be as aggressively as I can defensively to contest their shots. … You’ve got to win Game 1. Statistics are against the teams that lose Game 1, especially on the home court.”
With an NBA record-tying 10 blocked shots, the 7-foot All-Star center put the Lakers on the good foot — and the Denver Nuggets on their heels.
Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, Bynum posted the Lakers’ first playoff triple-double in 21 years, and Los Angeles thoroughly controlled the tempo in a playoff-opening 103-88 victory Sunday.
–Game 2 is Tuesday night.–
[via Associated Press]
Video: Andrew Bynum records a triple-double and ties a NBA record with 10 blocked shots in the post season.
Video: Danilo Gallinari spins off Kobe Bryant in the post and throws down the reverse slam dunk.
Video: Andrew Bynum’s postseason record-tying 10 blocks and triple-double propel Lakers to 103-88 win over Nuggets.