Bynum scored only 10 points in the Lakers’ 103-88 Game 1 victory Sunday over the Denver Nuggets, but Lakers Coach Mike Brown described him as the “difference in the game.”
Kobe Bryant predicted Bynum “takes the majority of the headlines.”
Bynum’s triple double featured 10 points, 13 rebounds and a Lakers playoff record 10 blocks, eclipsing Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s nine in 1977 against Golden State and tying an NBA playoff record co-owned by Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon and Utah’s Mark Eaton.
“The bottom line is wins,” Bynum said. “Obviously I want to score more points, but sometimes that’s not what’s available to you so you have to do the next best thing.”