Bynum grabs 30 rebounds as Lakers coast to 98-84 victory against Spurs

Bynum grabs 30 rebounds as Lakers coast to 98-84 victory against Spurs

Credit: Antonio Morano / Special to Kens5.com

The hot shooting Los Angeles Lakers stymied the cold shooting San Antonio Spurs, 98-84 at the AT&T Center on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The lone highlight for the Spurs was Manu Ginobili surpassing 10,000 career points, putting him in the same company as George Gervin, David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker as the only Spurs players in history to accomplish the milestone.

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by David Flores / Kens5.com

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Posted on April 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 2:04 AM

Lakers 98, Spurs 84.

And it wasn't even that close, as anyone who witnessed the rout at the AT&T Center on Wednesday night would attest.

Let's get this out of the way early, too: The Lakers thumped the home team without Kobe Bryant, who is sidelined with a shin injury and watched the game from the bench in street clothes.

Given how well the Spurs had been playing, winning 11 consecutive games before losing to Utah on the road Monday night without the Big Three, this one would hurt for a few days if the Silver & Black didn't host Memphis on Thursday night.

Even as it is, the Spurs could have recurring nightmares of 7-foot center Andrew Bynum, who grabbed a career-high 30 rebounds and scored 16 points to lead the Lakers.

The Spurs, who have 10 regular-season games remaining, slipped to 40-16 and the Lakers climbed to 37-22. San Antonio is No. 2 in the Western Conference standings, trailing Oklahoma City by one game.

The Lakers led only 24-21 after one quarter and 48-43 at halftime, but took command in the third period when they made 12 of 18 shots (66.7 percent) to head into the final frame ahead 75-59.

Lakers outrebound Spurs 60-33

"One of the things we talked about doing coming into the game was trying to control the tempo because we know San Antonio likes to push the pace and they're very good at scoring a lot of points," said Lakers coach Mike Brown, a former Spurs assistant. "One of the ways we could control the tempo was by trying to rebound, and Drew took it upon himself with 30 rebounds."

To put Bynum's monster game under the boards in perspective, ponder this for a moment: He had only three fewer than the entire Spurs team.

The Lakers were so dominant that they outrebounded the Spurs 60-33 and took them out of their game on both ends of the floor. The Spurs, who trailed by as many as 26 points, had only one offensive rebound.

While Bynum was outstanding, Spurs point guard Tony Parker struggled from the outset and never got in his rhythm. He dished out a team-high eight assists, but he hit only 2 of 12 shots and finished with just four points.

"It was a very disappointing performance," Parker said. "We have to give a lot of credit to the Lakers tonight. They shot the ball very well and we played very bad, and I played very bad."

Did the Lakers' length --- they start another 7-footer, Pau Gasol --- intimidate Parker?

"Nope, I just missed shots," Parker said. "I had great shots and great looks. They just did not go in. I did not play well tonight."

Peace leads Lakers scoring with 26 points

Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, hit 5 of 8 3-pointers and led the Lakers' scoring with 26 points. Gasol added 21 points and 11 rebounds, with Matt Barnes (13), Steve Blake (10) and Ramon Sessions (10) rounding out the double-digit scoring.

"The Lakers played an excellent game," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They best us from the beginning of the game to the end. (The Lakers) did a great job."

Popovich didn't mince words when he was asked about the disparity in rebounding.

"(The Lakers) played great and they beat us to death," he said. "There's nothing else you can say about it. They deserve credit for playing so well. A lot of guys shot it well. They rebounded well and they were physical.

"They beat us in every facet of the game. It was a really poor performance, execution-wise and competiveness-wise. There's nothing else to say. You can look at the stats all you want because what I just said is why the stats look the way they do."

Bynum was the first NBA player to finish with 30 rebounds in a game since Kevin Love of Minnesota had 31 against the New York Knicks in 2010. Bynum and Love are the only league players in 12 years to reach the 30-rebound plateau.

Bynum was asked what he thought was the key to his big rebounding night.

"Just going to go get them," he said. "They missed a lot of jump shots. They shoot very quickly and they were coming off the rim nice and soft."

Spurs guard Danny Green, who hit 5 of 6 from outside the 3-point arc, paced the Spurs with 22 points. Tim Duncan finished with 14 points and was the only other Spur scoring in double figures. Duncan had only two rebounds, reflecting the Silver & Black's woes under the boards.

"We did not play well across the board," Duncan said. "We had a lot of their guys play better than we did. They shot the ball better than us, they rebounded the ball better than us, they got a bunch of second-chance points, and Bynum was a big part of that. All in all, they just outplayed us tonight."

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