Lakers vs Washington: Lakers beat Wizards in Andrew Bynum's return
Lakers 103, Wizards 89 (final)
In Andrew Bynum's return, the Lakers defeated the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.
Bynum played his first game this season after sitting out the first 24 while recovering from right knee surgery.
Bynum played 17 minutes and had seven points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. He was just one for five from the field.
He got plenty of help as the Lakers improved to 2-1 on a six-game trip.
Kobe Bryant had 24 points on seven-for-13 shooting, playing about 23 minutes, none in the fourth.
Pau Gasol had 16 points on six-for-eight shooting, nine rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes.
Lamar Odom had a double-double with 18 points (six-for-eight shooting) and 10 rebounds.
Lakers 92, Wizards 70 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers went to work in the third quarter, rolling past the Wizards.
By the end of the third, Kobe Bryant had 24 points, Pau Gasol had 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Lamar Odom had 15 points and nine rebounds.
There was one strange moment in the third quarter. Bryant drew a foul on Al Thornton while shooting a three-point attempt. But Bryant missed all three free throws. At that moment, Bryant was three for seven from the free-throw line.
Lakers 57, Wizards 46 (halftime)
The Lakers opened an 11-point lead at halftime because they were more efficient in the second quarter.
They shot 54.5% from the field in building a 13-point lead at one point.
Shannon Brown led the Lakers with 12 first-half points.
Nick Young, the former USC star, had 17 first-half points off the bench for Washington.
Lakers 24, Wizards 22 (end of first quarter)
With 6:09 left in the first quarter, Lakers center Andrew Bynum checked into the game.
It was his first timing playing since Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics last June.
Bynum had missed the first 24 regular-season games recovering from right knee surgery he had in July.
He was active right from the start, blocking a shot by Hilton Armstrong with 5:13 left in the first.
Bynum finished the first with six points, one rebounds, two blocked shots and he altered two others, his seven-foot presence obviously a problem for the Wizards.
He played six minutes in the first quarter, going one for two from the field, four for six from the free-throw line.
Bynum was fed down low, drawing a foul. He made both free throws for a 13-10 Lakers leady.
But it was clear that Bynum still didn't have his timing down.
He got the ball down on the low blocks and rolled to the middle of the lane, only to shoot an airball layup attempt.
-- Broderick Turner, reporting from Washington, D.C.