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Friday, April 13, 2012

Bynum's 30 boards power Lakers in win


SAN ANTONIO — While Kobe Bryant again sat out, Andrew Bynum cleaned up.

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Look out below: Sacramento's Marcus Thornton flies toward the basket over New Orleans' Greivis Vasquez in the first half on Wednesday night. The Hornets beat the Kings 105-96. AP

Pulling down the first 30-rebound game in the NBA in more than two years, Bynum made Bryant's third missed game in a row an afterthought by the time the Los Angeles Lakers finished off the San Antonio Spurs 98-84 on Wednesday night.

The 213-cm center became the first player with 30 rebounds in a game since Minnesota's Kevin Love corralled 31 against the New York Knicks in 2010. Bynum also had 16 points while joining Love as the only two players in the last 12 years to hit the 30-rebound mark.

"It's great to have 30 boards, but my shots not working and I'm little upset about that," said Bynum, who was 7 of 20 from the field. "For me, I'll remember shooting poorly."

That's not what anyone else will recall.

Metta World Peace scored a second-high 26 points, and Pau Gasol added 21 points and 11 rebounds. The Lakers improved to 2-1 without Bryant, who is still letting his sore left shin heal.

Lakers coach Mike Brown said there is still no timetable for when the NBA's leading scorer might return, but added that Bryant isn't nagging him to play.

Brown said Bryant, who is averaging 28.1 points, wants to be cautious and not exacerbate the injury that halted his streak of consecutive starts at 138 last week. And two nights after barely squeaking past lowly New Orleans, the Lakers played far livelier this time without their superstar.

Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili might as well have taken another night off. Parker scored four on 2 of 12 shooting and Ginobili scored 9. Tim Duncan had 14 points and just two rebounds.

Danny Green led the Spurs with 22 points.

Clippers 100, Thunder 98

In Oklahoma City, a Chris Paul layup with 8.8 seconds left gave Los Angeles a win over the Thunder.

Paul scored 31 points and got past defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha for the critical basket, squeezing the ball onto the rim to put the Clippers ahead.

Blake Griffin had 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Los Angeles and provided some highlight material, most notably a right-handed slam over Serge Ibaka midway through the third quarter.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 22 points and Russell Westbrook scored 20.

Celtics 88, Hawks 86 (OT)

In Boston, Paul Pierce overcame a miserable shooting game with a key jumper in overtime that gave Celtics a victory over Atlanta.

Rajon Rondo finished with a triple-double with 20 assists, 10 points and 10 rebounds for Boston.

Grizzlies 104, Suns 93

In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points as the Grizzlies won their fourth straight with a victory over Phoenix.

Jazz 103, Rockets 91

In Houston, Gordan Hayward scored a season-high 29 points as Utah boosted its fading playoff hopes with a win over the Rockets.

Knicks 111, Bucks 107

In Milwaukee, J.R. Smith hit a 3-pointer for the lead with 1:04 left, and New York held on to beat the Bucks.

Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks.

Nuggets 113, Timberwolves 107

In Denver, Ty Lawson scored 24 points, including four free throws in the final 17.6 seconds, to help the Nuggets beat Minnesota.

Pacers 104, Cavaliers 98 (OT)

In Cleveland, Danny Granger scored 23 points, five in overtime, to help Indiana edge the Cavs.

76ers 93, Raptors 75

In Toronto, Thaddeus Young scored 17 points and Nikola Vucevic had 12 for the 76ers.

Trail Blazers 118, Warriors 110

In Portland, Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 34 points to help the Blazers defeat Golden State.

Hornets 105, Kings 96

In New Orleans, Jason Smith scored 22 points, hitting 10 of 12 shots, to lead the Hornets past Sacramento.

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