Lakers Gameday | 01/04/08 | Lakers 124, Sixers 93
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Bynum nets 17 points, grabs career-high 16 boards as Lakers roll Sixers
Andrew Bynum dominated inside with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds Friday night, and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 124-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Bynum, who turned in a similarly strong performance when the Lakers beat the 76ers last month, shot 6-for-8 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the foul line this time. He also blocked three shots.
Derek Fisher added 17 points for Los Angeles, and Ronny Turiaf, starting because Lamar Odom was serving a one-game suspension, had 15 points and five blocked shots. Kobe Bryant, content to let his teammates do the scoring, took only nine shots and scored 15 points.
Lakers reserves got a lot of playing time because Los Angeles opened a lopsided lead in the second quarter and wasn't threatened afterward. Rookie Javaris Crittenton scored a career-high 19, and Jordan Farmar finished with 16 points.
The game was the fifth of a six-game trip for the 76ers, who looked weary. The Lakers outshot them 66 percent to 42 percent from the floor.
Louis Williams led Philadelphia with 17 points. Fellow reserve Thaddeus Young had 16, and Andre Iguodala 15.
Bynum scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the Lakers' 106-101 win at Philadelphia on Dec. 21.
The Lakers were coming off a 110-91 loss to Boston on Sunday that was their worst home defeat of the season. But they have won five of six overall and 11 of 14.
Los Angeles opened a 61-36 lead on Fisher's 3-pointer 1:53 before halftime, and the Lakers were up 62-40 at the break. Los Angeles extended the lead to as many as 34 points in the third quarter, and reserves played most of the fourth for both teams.
Bynum had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the first half, and Fisher chipped in with nine points as the Lakers shot 68 percent (25-of-37) from the floor while the 76ers shot 35 percent (16-of-46).
Iguodala scored 11 points in the first half, but none of his teammates had more than six by halftime.
Odom, the Lakers' second-leading scorer (14.1 points per game) and rebounder (8.9), was suspended without pay by the NBA for committing a flagrant foul against Boston's Ray Allen on Sunday.
Bynum had 11 points and eight rebounds and Turiaf scored eight points to lead Los Angeles to a 34-26 lead at the end of the first quarter. Bryant scored seven.
A recent visit from an old interconference rival didn't go so well for the Los Angeles Lakers. They're hoping a game against another Eastern Conference nemesis turns out better.
The Lakers look to bounce back from their worst home loss of the season on Friday when they host the Philadelphia 76ers.
Los Angeles (19-11) had won four straight and 10 of 12 before a 110-91 loss to the NBA-best Boston Celtics on Sunday. The Lakers wore short shorts and throwback uniforms, a reminder of their three NBA finals matchups with Boston in the mid-1980s. The "Showtime" Lakers took two of those series, but couldn't stay close with the 2007-08 Celtics, who held Los Angeles to a season-worst 35.4 shooting percentage from the field.
"We just came out flat. We didn't have energy out there," center Andrew Bynum said. "It started in shoot-around, guys didn't really take it too seriously. We have to come out there with more energy than that."
Los Angeles will try to rebound against Philadelphia, a team the Lakers also faced in three NBA finals in the 1980s, winning twice. They beat the Sixers 106-101 on the road Dec. 21, when Bynum scored 24 points to lead four Lakers with at least 19.
This time, though, the Lakers will be without their second-leading scorer and rebounder. Lamar Odom, who's averaging 14.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, was suspended for one game without pay after committing a flagrant foul on Boston's Ray Allen on Sunday.
The Lakers' frontcourt is already missing Chris Mihm, who will miss three to four weeks due to ankle inflammation. They may also be without Vladimir Radmanovic, who twisted his ankle during practice on Thursday and is questionable for this contest.
That means more of the scoring load will fall on Kobe Bryant, the league's second-leading scorer at 27.1 ppg. He's averaging 32.5 points over his last four games and has averaged 33.0 in his last four against the Sixers. Bryant, however, was held to 19 while shooting 6-for-20 from the field during the Lakers' visit to Philadelphia two weeks ago.
While no one will confuse this year's version of the Sixers (14-18) with their dominant teams of a quarter-century ago, Philadelphia has won four of six since its loss to the Lakers, and is 2-2 so far on its six-game road trip against Western Conference teams.
Despite posting their second-highest point total of the season, the Sixers lost 110-107 at Utah on Wednesday. Philadelphia's 93.5-point average is among the five lowest in the NBA.
While his team has struggled to score, Andre Iguodala hasn't. The swingman is averaging 24.3 points in the Sixers' last six games.
"Andre's been playing this way. Shooting his jump shot a little better, getting to the basket more, just doing things like that,'' 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks said.
Iguodala had one of his most productive games as a pro against Los Angeles on March 9, scoring 31 and grabbing 8 rebounds in a 108-92 Philadelphia win. That victory was the only one for the Sixers in their last four meetings with the Lakers.Copyright 2007 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited
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SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers won their first meeting of the season with the 76ers 106-101 December 21st at Wachovia Center to snap a 7-game losing streak in Philadelphia and now lead the season series 1-0 after splitting last season’s series with the 76ers 1-1 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. This will be the 178th meeting between the two franchises, with Los Angeles holding a 97-80 all-time series lead. The Lakers are 7-1 all-time against the 76ers at STAPLES Center and are undefeated at home in the regular season against Philadelphia under head coach Phil Jackson (7-0). Prior to their win on December 21st, the Lakers had not won in Philadelphia since February of 2000 and are now 2-8 in their last 10 road games against the 76ers. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 9-6 versus Philadelphia (7-0 at home, 2-6 on the road). Kobe Bryant has played 21 games (17 starts) against his hometown Sixers, averaging 23.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists. In January of 2006 against Philadelphia, Bryant established a new franchise record for threepoint field goals without a miss, connecting on all seven of his attempts (10th time in NBA history with a minimum of seven attempts). He finished the game with 48 points, one shy of Jerry West’s Lakers series record of 49 points established in February of 1968. Additionally, Bryant earned the first of his two MVP honors at the 2002 All-Star Game held in Philadelphia. In their most recent victory over Philadelphia on December 21, 2007, Andrew Bynum (24 points on 10-of-11 FG) led the Lakers in scoring for just the second time in his career. Also, Sixers guard Andre Iguodala played two seasons at the University of Arizona and was a freshman during Luke Walton’s final season as a Wildcat in 2002-03.
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Additionally, the Lakers victory at Philadelphia on December 21 marked Jackson’s 600th career game with the Lakers. Jackson ranks as the third longest tenured coach in Lakers history behind John Kundla (11 seasons, 734 games) and Pat Riley (9 seasons, 727 games).
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