Bynum leads balanced attack as Lakers crush 76ersJan 5, 2008 - 6:47 AM LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Andrew Bynum collected 17 points and 16 rebounds and Derek Fisher also scored 17 as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 124-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
First-round pick Javaris Crittenton netted 19 points and Kobe Bryant added 15 in three quarters of work in helping the Lakers complete their first season-series sweep of the Sixers since the 1999-00 campaign.
Despite not having versatile forward Lamar Odom in the lineup due to a one-game suspension, the Lakers wasted little time taking care of business in this one.
"We played in a much better rhythm," Bryant said. "We knew what we had to do and we just went out and played hard."
"Whenever my name gets called, I just try and go out there and play hard, play good defense and put myself in position to be successful," said Ronny Turiaf, who started in place of Odom. "We played well and allowed me to block shots and play good defense. Everyone played better."
The 1-2 punch of Bynum and Bryant helped get Los Angeles off to a positive start in the first quarter, combining for 18 points to build a 34-26 edge after one period.
"I think I had two pretty poor games in a row and I picked it back up," Bynum said. "Hopefully, I can keep the ball rolling."
The Lakers continued their onslaught in the second when Jordan Farmar's 3-pointer sparked a 9-0 burst to open the quarter that extended the lead to 41-26 with 9:36 left.
Los Angeles shot a blistering 67 percent (25-of-37) in the first half en route to an impressive 64-40 advantage at intermission and never looked back from there.
The 20-year-old Bynum was clearly unstoppable through the first two periods against Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert, collecting 14 points and 12 boards.
Rookie Thaddeus Young had 16 points and nine boards off the bench and Andre Iguodala scored 15 for the Sixers, who shot 42 percent (42-of-99) and forced 21 turnovers.
"They were just better from start to finish," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "No excuses about long trips or things like that. Everybody, they put out on the floor was better than we were."
LA LAKERS 124 FINAL
Jan 5 12:50 AM
LA LAKERS 96 END, 3RD QTR
Jan 5 12:23 AM
LA LAKERS 64 HALFTIME
Jan 4 11:38 PM
LA LAKERS 34 END, 1ST QTR
Jan 4 11:06 PM
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