ESPN: Andrew Bynum played as though he was making a final statement ahead of Thursday’s All-Star reserves announcement.

The center scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers 118-96 on Wednesday night.

Bynum finished second in the Western Conference voting at center with more than 980,000 votes. The fans voted Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire in as the starter.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol said Bynum should be on the team. The coaches choose the reserves.

“There are a few guys on this team, Andrew is one of them, that has All-Star caliber potential,” Gasol said. “He would get my vote, absolutely. Right now, Andrew is definitely one of the top centers in the league.”

Bynum scored 22 points in the first half. Kobe Bryant took over in the second half and finished with a game-high 29 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists.

Bynum scored 22 points in the first half. Kobe Bryant took over in the second half and finished with a game-high 29 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists.

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  • Marwan Marzina

    Its amazing how Kobe, over the past 3 games, has been able to raise his assists. Its really impressive and it really shows as the Lakers have been blowing out 2 out of the last 3 teams.

  • Laker4 Life

    If Bynum keeps playing like this there will be no more trade talks. The last 5 or 6 games bynum has been playing like an all star. Lakers should keep him because he is gone get better and better each year. if the bynum learns to play with gasol the lakers will be unstoppable.
    Lakers 2010 nba champions.

    • Andrew Bynum

      No not really, I’m just buttering myself up for Toronto or any other teams. A Bomb outt

    • LakersBabe

      What games are you watching? He is hot and cold. He needs to be a consistent 15 and 10 guy for all start consideration.

  • thanhttrinh

    look at the way KObe shooting well tonite, i think hes probably fine on his finger[ at least better a lil] 3-4 from beyond and his skillful looked good guys !

    • http://lakersnation.com KOBE THA MVP 10′

      at least he’s aint jackin up 40 shots anymore

    • kblaker4life

      I like how Kobe is playing. He’s playing smarter and not jacking up too many shots. Kobe needs to keep in mind that because of a broken finger, he cannot make shots like he used to. So he needs to take smarter shots, and pass the ball, or rebound to get others involved. I’m sure he knows this, but he just needs to adjust.

      • lakerman1

        Why do people use certain players names and then diss them and even if he does Jack up 50 shots what are you going to do about it. Go to the Clippers Dude you are not A laker Fan jus another fool.

  • johnny10

    This piece is from espn….cant u write one author (i could)…

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      Usually thats Jeff’s part but I guess he wasn’t available for it since Jim had to do it. Hey, its better than nothing though.

  • LakersBabe

    The Lakers won a game that they were supposed to win so let’s not get overly excited. Kobe is playing better, something about a new splint for his finger.

    Bynum played pretty well in this game but then again the Pacers are undersized. He still needs to step up his game when facing the big boys like Cleveland and Boston.

    • kblaker4life

      You are so right. Pau and Andrew are not comfortable against Shaq and Ilgauskas because of their size and strength as well. That’s why Cleveland swept us because Pau and Bynum could not produe like they are used to. When i watched the game against Cleveland, both Pau and Andrew seems scared to attack.
      They should attack the basket with their quickness to get those two in foul trouble.
      Then against Boston, even though Boston are not as lengthy, but Pau and Drew still get pushed around with physical bodies outthere. That’s why we should get Amare or Bosh. Atleast Bosh will always crash the boards and find his way to score.

  • http://57.amklac missesalot

    REAL BADASSES WHEN PLAYING THE WEAKEST TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE.

    • papa

      hehe yep

  • kblaker4life

    Bynum is only playing like this because he don’t want to get traded. I know he’s young, but if he wants to be the best center in the league, he better learn fast and step his game another notch. I WOULD STILL TRADE BYNUM FOR BOSH OR AMARE in a heart beat.
    Bynum is inconsistent, he cannot defend, cannot rebound, cannot play through foul trouble, and often has an attitude when he’s not fed the ball (sounds familiar anybody-SHAQ). He needs to get over this quick and learn because Pau and Kobe is not going anywhere and he’s going to be the 3rd option here in LA , unless he wants out.
    He can do so much better, he should be averaging ATLEAST 15, 10, and 2 every night, double-double every night effortlessly. Tonight is a great game for him, he needs to keep it up.
    Kobe learned how to play with Shaq, Pau learned how to play with Kobe, now Bynum needs to learn how to play with Kobe and Pau or else trade his a$$$.
    Mitch (I hope you are reading this). Don’t get fooled by Bynum’s inconsistent and prone injury game. WE NEED TO WIN NOW.. Let’s get Himrich, Bosh or Amare, for whoever the other team wants. Just don’t touch Kobe, Pau, and Artest.

    • LakersFirst

      Couldn’t disagree MORE!!!

      Bynum has proven that he is one of the better centers in the leauge. 7 feet players that can average a double double do not grown on trees. It is very rare! And you want to trade that for a power foward???

      I know people b*tch and complain and say how come he doesn’t average a double double with Gasol there. It’s because he’s the THIRD option, somtimes fourth or fifth option when Fish, LO and Artest have their offensive game going. Haven’t you noticed that when Gasol has been out, Bynum does average a double double. Why? Because he becomes the 2nd option behind Kobe. Even Kobe said there is a pecking order.

      Now you said you would trade Bynum for Amare or Bosh in a “heartbeat”. You would trade a 7 foot center for a power foward – because that’s what Amare and Bosh are. Bosh is only 6’10 and Amare is only 6’10. We already have a power foward – Gasol! Are you trying to tell me that these two guys are going to increase the defensive intensity? Hell no!!! Amare can’t defend to save his life (notice the Suns still don’t play defense) and I’m sorry, Bosh gets defensively abused when he plays the Suckdics or the Cavs. Don’t forget, even if those players were on the Lakers, their offensive numbers will drop. Why? Because Kobe and Gasol are the first and second options.

      I think where Bynum needs to step it up isn’t so much in the scoring realm. The stats that will show contributions are rebounds and blocks.

      Furthermore, you went on to say “WE NEED TO WIN NOW”. Hello, we are the defending champions and we are 35-11.

      Lastly, I’ll say this, even if the Lakers were to trade Bynum for yet another power forward like Amare or Bosh, that would move Gasol to the center position, where he will be facing a lot of physical punishment, that quite frankly Gasol wouldn’t be able to take. If Gasol were to play a full season at the center position, you can throw his efficiency out the window because he would tire out. Gasol is so much more efficient at the 4 because he’s bigger than the other power forward in the league and doesn’t take as much punishment. Why do you think the Spurs have 7 foot Tim Duncan play the power forward spot? They don’t want him taking the punishment that the center position brings.

    • lakerman1

      And Shannon.

    • B Holland

      So why was Bynum playing good at the beginning of the season? It wasn’t because he thought he might be traded. Bynum for Amare? LOL

  • matthew

    i like how kobe shoots from 15-20… he doesn’t n eed to shoot more than 20 games a night… bynum and gasol can dominate and no one will stop them in the post.

    • LakersBabe

      Dominate who? Gasol has a finesse game and Bynum beats up little guys. They both need to toughen up before the playoffs.

      I agree that with Kobe less is always more. To do that the other players need to step up. Quit shooting so many 3s!

  • matthew

    woops.. 20 shots**