L.A. Times: It certainly didn’t look like a Lakers-Clippers game, but the final score was still predictable.
Andrew Bynum had a career-high 42 points and also took 15 rebounds as the Lakers won for a seventh consecutive time against their Staples Center co-tenants in a game that was closer than expected, 108-97.
The Lakers won their first two games against the Clippers by an average of 28 points, though the Clippers hung tough on Wednesday.
The Lakers held a surprisingly slender 58-55 lead at halftime, and lost enough of an 18-point lead to make it interesting in the end.
In fact, Al Thornton’s 15-footer brought the Clippers within 102-95 with 2:37 left.
But Kobe Bryant found Bynum all alone with a length-of-the-court pass for a 106-95 lead that put the game out of reach with 1:07 to play.