He's Back, Bynum Returns as Lakers Beat down Washington
Andrew Bynum returned from injury Tuesday night, but in a different role, as Bynum came off the bench and provided a much needed spark in the paint. The Lakers had five players in double figures Tuesday night as they rolled past the Washington Wizards 103-89.
Andrew Bynum was back Tuesday night but wasn’t starting, he came off the bench and allowed Lamar Odom to continue to be in the starting five. Odom has been on a tear of late, continued his stellar play with 18 points and 10 rebounds. In the first quarter both Odom and Gasol picked up two quick fouls which gave Bynum an opportunity to enter the game. Right away he had two quick blocks a layup and nailed 4 out of 6 free throws, though the Lakers ended the first quarter trailing by 2.
The second quarter was a complete turnaround, the Lakers came out playing great defense and hitting from both inside and out. They quickly turned their two point deficit into a thirteen point lead.
The third quarter was much of the same, the Lakers continued their hot play throughout the quarter and were able to enter the final quarter with a 20 point lead. The Lakers did have a letdown of a fourth quarter, only being able to put up a lowly 11 points, though they did only allow 19 points. The fourth quarter was played mostly by the bench.
Coming out of the game the main news was the return of Bynum, he ended the night with 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 17 minutes. Though his stat line shows little impact his inside presence was definitely felt, as he altered many shots in the paint. Kobe finished as the leading scorer again as he ended with 24 points, as Shannon Brown lead the bench in scoring with 16.
More big news came during and after the game, as it had been reported that the Lakers will trade Sasha Vujacic on Wednesday to the New Jersey Nets, along with a 2011 first round pick. This is a big part of a three team deal that will also see Houston send a draft pick to New Jersey for Terence Williams. Sasha has been with the Lakers for his whole career and is still owed 5.5 million this year, while Joe Smith is owed just 900, 000.
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
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