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Andrew Bynum Ejected Again, Lakers Fall to Houston 112-107

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The Houston Rockets came to town on Friday night for what many are predicting to be a first round matchup in the post-season. The Lakers and Rockets last met on Tuesday, March 20, in a game that was won 107-104 by the Rockets in Houston. The Lakers were looking for a little revenge on Friday, and were hoping to extend their current winning streak to five games. This would tie their longest win streak of the season, a feat they had accomplished twice before.

Heading into the game the biggest story for the Lakers was Andrew Bynum. The recent news that he had been fined by the team was something many people were concerned about. The growing drama in Orlando surrounding Dwight Howard and the Magic didn’t help matters much, as people began to realize the possible problems that can arise with a disgruntled big man. Still, despite the drama surrounding the team, they entered the game knowing they needed a win to keep their momentum going with the playoffs looming.

First Quarter

The Lakers have made a habit of starting games well this season. Often times they force the ball inside and utilize their size advantage early in the game. What we have seen from them is this type of play at the beginning of the game before getting away from their productive game and faltering later on in the game. Tonight seemed to be the opposite. The Lakers opened the game with very little energy, and seemed to have trouble getting things going.

One of the most telling pieces of evidence to support the Lakers lethargy was the amount of loose balls the Rockets’ players were beating them to. It seemed that even when there were three to four Lakers under the basket waiting for a rebound, a lone Houston player managed to get in and get the ball. This was particularly frustrating for Mike Brown, who inserted several different players into the lineup to try and get some energy flowing.

Brown finally found what he was looking for in Metta World Peace. His struggles this season have been well documented, but tonight he was one of the most active players on the offensive end for Los Angeles. He was able to get in the paint and use his size and strength to out-muscle many of the Rockets defenders. By the end of the first quarter he was the Lakers leading scorer, and helped the team begin to get out of their lackadaisical funk. While the Lakers were beginning to get a little momentum towards the end of the quarter, they still trailed the Rockets after the first, 29-24.

Second Quarter

After a rather uninspiring first quarter the Lakers finally showed up to play in the second. Perhaps they had a little trouble getting to sleep last night. Regardless, the Lakers were quickly back on top of the Rockets early in the second. However, despite an obvious increase in energy, they were unable to pull too far in front of the Rockets. A lot of this was because of Luis Scola, who scored 11 points in the first half for Houston. Guard Goran Dragic, who always seems to cause the Lakers problems when they play, scored seven points and dished out eight assists.

Again, it was World Peace that helped the Lakers offensively in the first half. He scored 17 points on 6-9 shooting in the first half, more than doubling his season average. The Lakers also got a strong boost from Andrew Bynum, who scored nine points, despite turning it over four times. However, it was Kobe Bryant who once again carried the team on offense in the first 24 minutes. Bryant led all scorers with 18 in the first half, and did so on a rather efficient 6-12 shooting.

Los Angeles was able to boost its lead to double digits late in the quarter thanks to an 8-0 run. In the past this has been trouble for the Lakers, who have squandered big leads on a fairly regular basis this season. They would look to avoid that same fate against the Rockets on Friday, as they entered the half leading the Rockets 59-50.

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Third Quarter

Despite all the talk about not wanting to blow another double-digit lead that’s exactly what the Lakers did to open the third quarter. The team had the same lethargic attitude that they featured to begin the first quarter, and the Rockets took advantage. Consecutive three-point shots from Dragic and Courtney Lee pulled the Rockets to within one point, and had the Lakers in an all-too-familiar situation.

Eventually the Rockets were able to overcome the Lakers, once again erasing a double-digit Lakers lead. The crowd began to get a bit antsy as the Lakers were unable to reclaim the lead for the rest of the quarter. The biggest reason for Houston’s resurgence in the third was Dragic, who once again proved to be a major thorn in the Lakers’ side. Whether it was Ramon Sessions or Steve Blake, whoever the Lakers put on Dragic to try and slow him down it didn’t work.

By the time the third quarter ended the Lakers once again found themselves trailing the Rockets. There was an exciting moment at the end of the quarter, however, when center Andrew Bynum hit a bit of a circus shot at the buzzer. While the shot was ultimately disallowed, it gave the Lakers a bit of momentum heading into the fourth and final quarter.

Fourth Quarter

After entering the quarter trailing 84-83, the Lakers were looking to find some energy and finish off the Rockets at Staples Center. Their chances took a major hit, however, when Bynum picked up his second technical foul and got ejected from the game. The play was anything but serious, as it was simply Bynum talking trash to the Rockets bench after a made shot. The referees had had enough of Bynum’s shenanigans, instantly calling another technical and sending him to the locker room.

This was a major blow for the Lakers, who suddenly found themselves without their best defender and second best scorer. To make matters worse, the Rockets were relentless in their attack of the basket on the other end. Their continued aggressiveness resulted in the Lakers running out of fouls with 6:27 left in the fourth, meaning the Rockets would get free throws the rest of the game.

A key contributor off the bench for the Lakers was Matt Barnes. While he didn’t put up solid numbers on offense, he was a huge factor on the glass. Considering the Lakers were a team that constantly looked slow and tired, Barnes was a much needed shot of adrenaline. Barnes combined with Josh McRoberts to pull down over 20 rebounds for the Lakers, and were major reasons why the Rockets were unable to pull away in the fourth quarter.

As time began to run out the Rockets got a big three-point shot from Chandler Parsons, which pushed the Houston lead to five with just over a minute to play. Suddenly the Lakers faced the very real prospect that they would once again fall to the Rockets. This time would sting a little worse, however, as Houston was without Kevin Martin and Kyle Lowry, two of their best players.

Still, at the end it was two perennial Laker killers that finished them off again. Dragic and Scola combined for 51 points, and were the ones who finished L.A. off late in the fourth. The absence of Bynum proved to be too much for the team to overcome, and the Lakers lost their second straight game to the Rockets, 112-107.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DDUARQ32DRLL7WDCGIEDJRUTAI Jeremy

    Bynum neeeds to grow the fuck up

    • Ronaldmtchll

      Why? Because you said it or this is what you read?

  • Xeo

    Thanks for the loss Bynum. YOU DA MAN!

  • kevin

    If I’m not mistaken Sessions only gave up 1 3 pointer to Dragic. All the other points scored were on fast break when in reality Sessions was the only 1 back. He did score 1 other 3 after Gasol switched off onto Dragic and 5 seconds later got a 3 drained in his face. 

  • kevin

    I like Bynum’s fire but he has to control it after already having a Tech. I mean what did he say to the Rockets bench that deserved him to be kicked out.

  • Chris

    Andrew is really getting on my Nerves.  Who knows, could of caused us this lost.  Fining and suspensions seem not to 
     work, I think the Lakers need to make him do community service where is can be watched by the general public.  Picking up trash etc.  Make him clean up the locker room after a game.  He wants to act like a little boy, treat him as one.  He need to grow up and fast.

    • Ronaldmtchll

      Yea right! pick up some trash . Chris you kidding me right?

      • Chris

        Yeah pick up trash,  you need to show respect, even to you are playing,  He doesn’t respect his teammates by getting ejected out of the game.  He gets paid millions of dollars and disappointed the fans too.    He acts like a child.  He needs some embarrassment to become humble.  Talented Yes.  Punk Yes. 

        • Petcatcher11

           oh chris its not your fault…u keep forgetting his a fucking multi millionaire where the picking of trash coming in Smh @ Chris..this is the most ridiculous thing that i have ever heard in a very long time.

  • Tresclub

    Next time I see Bynum, I want to see a big lump on the side of his head where someone finally took upon themselves to slap the big ugly slug up side his head, hopefully knocking some sense in to him.  Altho, I doubt either will ever happen:  no one will step up to him, and he will never have any sense about the TEAM.  He is strictly in this for himself, and he proves it every time he steps on the court.

    • josh

       tresclub who is gonna slap him again? ummm its clearly aint gonna be u so sttop with all the bullshit talk..n ps if u are a guy he is clearly more handsome than u n if u are a girl i dont think his gonna look at u twice so stop with name calling please it makes u look stupid

  • Ne0

    Bynum care more about his $ than to win really, remember is that he said about all he care is the city bank account, this is nothing more than a backstab to lakersfan.

    • Ronaldmtchll

      Truth sometimes hurt. Their is a bank in every city, also a lot of you dudes was lusting over Dwight  what do yo want him to say?

  • Joseph

    this nigga dumb as fuck. i blame m. brown.  2 soft. there’s a reason y bynum didnt dare  try this shit it phil j. 

    • Ronaldmtchll

      You sound real ignorant brother, if you are a brother! If you are not you are a fool!

    • zxrated

      “bynum didnt dare  try this shit it phil j.” ?!? Bynum started all this under Phil in 2007 and continued all throught til the end of Phil! P-Jack is considered the G.O.A.T. and couldn’t keep him in check. Phil fined Bynum for being 25 minutes to a game but that didn’t stop him from being a punk in the playoffs four years latter when he fouled JJ and served a suspension this season for it. I’m a long time Laker fan and will not excuse punk behavior.

      Brown is the one who allowed Bynum to shine! Phil didn’t allow Bynum to sniff anything but rebounds and defense. Why is Bynum mad at Brown again?

      • zxrated

        25 minutes late to a game

  • zxrated

    Bottom line, the Lakers were a far better defensive team with Fisher. Sessions was a career back up PG. I’m not clowning his potential nor am I saying we should not have made that trade for him. But its games like this where Fishers bull dog grit and leadership was invaluable. Hill will never see PT and Fish could have helped us off the bench.


      Yeah, Blake can’t guard is own shadow to save his life… The dude has “Murphed” into a huge liability… Is Mike Brown blind or what? …Why not G-Lock or J-Hill?


    Brown needs to use more of the talent available… G-Lock and J-Hill in particular… Eight is never enough… This unembellished coach has somehow Murphed into yet further barren territory… …Brown is simply too black & white for his own good.

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