Memphis at Los Angeles

Bynum scores 18, helps Lakers (64-17) cruise past Grizzlies wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Bynum appears to be getting his game back just in time for the playoffs.

In his third appearance since returning from a 32-game absence, Bynum scored 18 points and was a force in the middle while playing just over half of a 92-75 Lakers' romp past Memphis on Sunday night.

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.

Kobe Bryant took only nine shots, made seven and finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists in his 29:14 on the court. Trevor Ariza added 12 points in Los Angeles' balanced attack.

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."

O.J. Mayo led the Grizzlies with 20 points, and Marc Gasol had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

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."


  • Jackson said he has cut down on G Derek Fisher's minutes during the past few games because he wants him rested for the playoffs. Fisher played 18 minutes against Memphis and scored four points on 2-of-9 shooting.
  • Los Angeles went 4-0 to sweep the series against Memphis for the first time since 2002-03.
  • Los Angeles was coming off a 106-98 loss at Portland on Friday. Memphis beat Phoenix 106-89 on Friday, the Grizzlies' fifth victory in seven games.
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The Gasol brothers square off one more time, with the Lakers' Pau (left) getting the better of Marc.  (AP)
The Gasol brothers square off one more time, with the Lakers' Pau (left) getting the better of Marc. (AP)
Memphis (23-57) 1522221675
L.A. Lakers (64-17) «2325222292
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
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P. Gasol

O. Mayo

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M. Conley, PG362-121-17426
O. Mayo, SG358-140-012520
M. Gasol, C324-106-684214
D. Arthur, PF192-40-05024
H. Warrick, PF294-94-543212
M. Jaric, SF181-50-02033
D. Milicic, PF160-10-05110
D. Miles, SF121-22-32204
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P. Gasol, C326-140-1133312
K. Bryant, SG297-92-274216
A. Bynum, C256-106-650418
T. Ariza, SF236-90-041112
D. Fisher, PG182-90-00214
L. Odom, PF283-100-05428
L. Walton, SF213-32-26448
S. Vujacic, SG193-82-20009
S. Brown, PG171-41-13203
J. Farmar, PG131-40-22012
J. Powell, SF80-20-02020
A. Morrison, SF60-20-00010
D. Mbenga, CDid Not Play
Y. Sun, SGDid Not Play
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NO 102
Bos 76 Final
Cle 107
NY 105 Final
Miami 122
Phi 104 Final
Tor 111
SA 95 Final
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