Pivot Points: Andrew Bynum Is Dominant for LA Lakers, Minus Pau Gasol

January 6th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
There may be some truth to the whispers about the ability of Los Angeles Laker center Andrew Bynum to coexist in the starting lineup with forward Pau Gasol, and evidence of that was on display in a win against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

For the second consecutive game Bynum delivered a virtuoso performance by scoring 24 points, with 11 of them coming in the fourth quarter as the Lakers managed to hold the lead and persevere for the win as Gasol looked on.

Bynum followed his 8-8 shooting performance on Sunday versus the Dallas Mavericks with a 10-16 display versus the Rockets, and added eight rebounds, as the Lakers avenged an earlier home loss to Houston.

Lamar Odom fell one assist shy of a triple-double with 17 points, 19 rebounds, and nine assists while Kobe Bryant scored a quiet 22 points after being hit on his injured finger early in the game.

Ron Artest scored seven points in his first action since Christmas and had a steady, if unspectacular, performance since suffering a recent concussion and elbow contusion.

The story on this night, though, was Bynum who had receded into the shadows since Gasol made his ...

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