Odom, Lakers Top Suns With Impressive Comeback
Posted Nov 1 2006 1:56AM
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant sat out, so Lamar Odom stepped up against the Phoenix Suns in a playoff rematch.
Odom scored 34 points, and Andrew Bynum added 18 in his first career start, as the Los Angeles Lakers erased a 19-point first-quarter deficit to post a 114-106 victory over the Suns in the season opener for both teams.
The NBA's leading scorer last season, Bryant sat out with soreness in his surgically repaired knee.
Odom, the team's second-leading scorer last season, stepped up with Bryant in street clothes. He shot 12-of-24 from the floor and collected 13 rebounds and six assists.
Bynum, the 10th overall pick in 2005, got the start after playing limited minutes last season. The 19-year-old 7-footer shot 7-of-11 from the floor and added nine rebounds.
Trailing by as many as 19 points, and by 15 at the end of the opening period, the Lakers outscored the Suns, 88-65, in the final three quarters.
Leandro Barbosa had 30 points and reigning two-time MVP Steve Nash added 15 and 13 assists for the Suns, who shot 52 percent but were outrebounded, 43-29.