Bynum huge in 'important game'

April 5, 2012

Andrew Bynum proved he could overcome some pain and light up the scoreboard Wednesday night.

Bynum scored 36 points one day after skipping the Lakers' victory over New Jersey because of a moderate sprain to his left ankle. Bynum's uprising -- one point shy of his season high -- helped the Lakers beat the Clippers on 113-108.

"Important game," Bynum said afterward.

Bynum was noncommittal about playing until he went through a pregame on-court workout under the supervision of Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti. Bynum did well enough to sell himself and Vitti, and then the Clippers had no way to stop him even with a potent frontcourt of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin.

Bynum has five of his six career games with at least 30 points this season.

He gets a day off to treat his ankle before going back at it Friday night against visiting Houston. Then the Lakers play another game Saturday night in Phoenix.

Big season-ending charge will be hard
   --The Lakers' schedule the rest of the season isn't conducive to a big run up the standings, where Oklahoma City and San Antonio are leading the Western Conference. After facing the Clippers on Wednesday night, the Lakers still have eight games left against teams with winning records and just three games left against losing teams.
   --The Lakers have had good luck this season with top players missing games against them, including Minnesota's Kevin Love twice being a late scratch just before game time. The run seems likely to continue Friday night vs. Houston, which figures to be missing Kyle Lowry (bacterial infection), Kevin Martin (shoulder) and Marcus Camby (wrist).
   QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's more of a mental thing." -- Lakers forward Pau Gasol on the surrendering of big leads.

   --G Ramon Sessions came through with a key layup in the final minute to boost the Lakers' lead and he finished with 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds. The Lakers beat Chris Paul's Clippers one day after Sessions had a strong game in the Lakers' victory over Deron Williams' Nets.
   --G Kobe Bryant was wearing a walking boot over his left foot as he left Staples Center late Wednesday night. The Lakers said he has a bruised left shin, although he did not appear too limited in scoring 31 points to beat the Clippers.
   --F Metta World Peace was used as a late-game defender against Clippers point guard Chris Paul on Wednesday night. World Peace has defended select point guards this season, especially when Derek Fisher was on the team, but Lakers coach Mike Brown said it won't happen that often unless there is a need for more size from World Peace or Kobe Bryant than Ramon Sessions provides.