LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Bynum appears to be getting his game back just in time for the playoffs.
Bynum, who tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee on Jan. 31, rejoins Pau Gasol to give the Lakers a powerful pair of 7-footers up front.
Bynum went 6-for-10 from the floor, made all six of his free throws, and had five rebounds in 25:03. Gasol, often matched against his brother Marc, had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Bynum said he's adjusting to playing again.
"I'm feeling a little better, my timing's getting better," he said. "I'm getting back into the flow, getting back into the rhythm."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson noted the progress.
"Obviously, that initial game, he was kind of awkward out there, not comfortable," Jackson said. "I think he is much more comfortable doing what he has to do out there.
"Tuesday night's game is his final tuneup before the playoffs."
The Lakers (64-17) are all but mathematically eliminated in the duel with Cleveland (65-15) for best record and will end the regular season Tuesday night at home against the Jazz -- their probable first-round opponent.
"We're going into [the Utah game] trying to send them a message," Bynum said.
Bryant, asked whether the Lakers would rather play Utah or Dallas in the opening series, said "It doesn't matter. You're going to have two different styles of play. In terms of physical play, Utah is actually one of the best teams in the league."
Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said the Lakers obviously weren't about to take the same approach as when they lost in Portland two nights earlier.
"They were aggressive. That's all it was -- they were very aggressive," Hollins said. "They had a tough loss the other night and they came out and played much harder. They took post-ups out of the game, they double-teamed and zoned up to the post-ups and we struggled to score.
"We went out without any intensity and any aggressiveness, and got beat by a much better team that was more focused than we were."
|The Gasol brothers square off one more time, with the Lakers' Pau (left) getting the better of Marc. (AP)|
|L.A. Lakers (64-17) «||23||25||22||22||92|
|MEM:O. Mayo 20 Pts
MEM:M. Gasol 8 Reb
MEM:M. Conley 4 Ast
|LAL:A. Bynum 18 Pts
LAL:P. Gasol 13 Reb
LAL:K. Bryant 4 Ast
|Players of the Game|
|R. Gay, SG||39||4-13||0-2||5||0||1||10|
|M. Conley, PG||36||2-12||1-1||7||4||2||6|
|O. Mayo, SG||35||8-14||0-0||1||2||5||20|
|M. Gasol, C||32||4-10||6-6||8||4||2||14|
|D. Arthur, PF||19||2-4||0-0||5||0||2||4|
|H. Warrick, PF||29||4-9||4-5||4||3||2||12|
|M. Jaric, SF||18||1-5||0-0||2||0||3||3|
|D. Milicic, PF||16||0-1||0-0||5||1||1||0|
|D. Miles, SF||12||1-2||2-3||2||2||0||4|
|H. Haddadi, C||4||0-1||2-2||2||0||0||2|
|G. Buckner, SG||Did Not Play|
|C. Mihm, C||Did Not Play|
|M. Wilks, PG||Did Not Play|
|Q. Ross, SF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|P. Gasol, C||32||6-14||0-1||13||3||3||12|
|K. Bryant, SG||29||7-9||2-2||7||4||2||16|
|A. Bynum, C||25||6-10||6-6||5||0||4||18|
|T. Ariza, SF||23||6-9||0-0||4||1||1||12|
|D. Fisher, PG||18||2-9||0-0||0||2||1||4|
|L. Odom, PF||28||3-10||0-0||5||4||2||8|
|L. Walton, SF||21||3-3||2-2||6||4||4||8|
|S. Vujacic, SG||19||3-8||2-2||0||0||0||9|
|S. Brown, PG||17||1-4||1-1||3||2||0||3|
|J. Farmar, PG||13||1-4||0-2||2||0||1||2|
|J. Powell, SF||8||0-2||0-0||2||0||2||0|
|A. Morrison, SF||6||0-2||0-0||0||0||1||0|
|D. Mbenga, C||Did Not Play|
|Y. Sun, SG||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|