LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Bynum overcame a cold-shooting start, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers overcome a 15-point deficit and beat the Clippers 114-108 on Sunday night.
Shannon Brown made five of his first six shots off the bench and scored 19 points, seven of them in the final 3:43, after missing all six shots in a start against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.
Bynum started out 0 for 5 from the field, but converted a three-point play with 0.4 seconds left in the half to cut the Clippers' lead to 60-57 after the Lakers trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter.
Kobe Bryant had 10 points in 28 minutes for the defending NBA champions. Pau Gasol missed the game because of a right hamstring strain, forward Lamar Odom sat out again due to a bruised right shin, Luke Walton couldn't play on account of a sore back.
Reserve Craig Smith had 26 points and seven rebounds for the Clippers. Blake Griffin, the first overall pick in the draft, had 13 points and 12 rebounds in his third straight start.
The Lakers didn't take their first lead until Bynum's layup put them ahead 61-60 with 10:49 left in the third quarter, and they increased the margin to 85-77 on Jordan Farmar's layup 9 seconds into the fourth.
The Clippers closed to 87-86 when Griffin began a three-point play with a soaring dunk over 7-foot center DJ Mbenga that drew gasps from the partisan Laker crowd of 17,932. The Clippers went at Mbenga again moments later, as Baron Davis converted his foul into another three-point play after a 3-point basket at the other end by Morrison.
But that was the last gasp for the Clips. Farmar came right back with a 16-footer and a 3-pointer 25 seconds apart, and Morrison capped a 12-4 spurt with a 14-footer and another 3-pointer to give the Lakers a 102-93 cushion with 5:06 to play. He added another 3 with 4:12 to go, and Brown's 21-footer gave the Lakers a commanding 109-97 lead with 3:09 left.
Replacement referees Kurt Walker, Lorenzo Bronson and SirAllen Conner called 56 fouls.
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy received a technical foul from Bronson with 8.9 seconds left in the third quarter for complaining after Griffin picked up his third foul.
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