Career night for Bynum

Posted in Lakers by minoroots on 01/22/2009
Andrew Bynum led the Lakers with a career-high 42 points and 15 rebounds in a 108-97 victory over the Clippers. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

"Andrew Bynum led the Lakers with a career-high 42 points and 15 rebounds in a 108-97 victory over the Clippers." (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Albeit against a horribly crippled Clippers team without its main big men (Marcus Camby, Chris Kaman, Zach Randolph–all out with injuries), Andrew Bynum dropped a career-best 42 points, eclipsing his previous high by 14 points. It wasn’t really about the point total, but the way in which he established himself in the post and scored mostly on dunks that impressed me. By the way, this is the first 40-plus point game by a Laker other than Kobe since Shaquille left, back in ’04.

  • Great play at the opening tip. The way Bynum slapped the ball  ‘down’ to Pau, and with Luke making the cut immediately following the tip, I definitely think that was a designed play by the coaching staff. Nice assist by Pau.
  • Odom went dunk-happy in the 4th quarter. I think that’s the most fun I’ve had watching LO play this year.
  • Clips were trying hard. Just over matched in the talent department by A LOT. It’s like a D-League/JV team out there. Poor guys
  • Sasha is a surprisingly good passer
  • There were reports that Jordan Farmar’s recovery from knee surgery was going well, and he seems ahead of schedule (Update: he’s WAY ahead of schedule). That’s good, because Fish really needs a break (he’s been looking/playing like it as of late)
  • In the end, the game went as expected–Lakers taking a lead early, getting bored and letting the Clips creep back, only to slam the door shut on them and close out the game in the final minutes.
  • The fan ratio at staples has got to be like 60/40 in favor of the Lakers. And this is an ‘away’ game
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