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Bynum a force in Lakers return

Lakers center Andrew Bynum, on left dunking over the Nuggets’ Timofey Mozgov, scores 29 and pulls down 13 rebounds in his season debut after a four-game suspension that began in last season’s playoffs.

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Lakers center Andrew Bynum, on left dunking over the Nuggets’ Timofey Mozgov, scores 29 and pulls down 13 rebounds in his season debut after a four-game suspension that began in last season’s playoffs.

LOS ANGELES — Andrew Bynum provided the Lakers with a powerful performance in his season debut after a four-game suspension that carried over from the playoffs.

Bynum scored 29 on 13-for-18 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Lakers to a 92-89 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday. The 7-foot center played 31 1/2 minutes, helping the Lakers win their third straight after an 0-2 start.

"They were looking for me a lot. I was a focal point early in the offense, so I knew the quicker I got down the court, the better it was," said Bynum, who made four of his first five shots and finished the first quarter with 10 points. "I was winded like crazy. I couldn't breathe in the first six minutes. Defensively, getting back and all those things require me to be in better condition. So it's going to take a little while."

Bynum was suspended without pay for the first four games because of a flagrant foul against Dallas' J.J. Barea in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. The original ban was five games, but was reduced Dec. 23 as a result of a shortened schedule caused by the lockout.

Game highlights: Jonas Jerebko had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Pistons ended coach Lawrence Frank's 20-game losing streak with a 96-88 victory over the Pacers. Frank hadn't won a game since April 13, 2009, when his Nets beat the Bobcats. The Nets lost their final game that season, and Frank was fired after New Jersey got off to a 0-16 start the next fall. He also lost his first three games with the Pistons. … Russell Westbrook scored 18, Daequan Cook hit four 3-pointers in quick succession and the host Thunder improved to 5-0 with a 107-97 win over the Suns.

Lakers 92, Nuggets 89

DENVER (89): Gallinari 3-12 1-2 7, Nene 5-10 3-5 13, Mozgov 4-7 0-0 8, Lawson 3-8 2-4 9, Afflalo 4-10 3-5 13, Miller 5-9 3-4 13, Harrington 8-17 2-2 21, Fernandez 1-6 0-0 3, Andersen 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-80 14-22 89.

L.A. LAKERS (92): Barnes 3-7 0-0 7, Gasol 7-10 3-4 17, Bynum 13-18 3-3 29, Fisher 3-7 0-0 6, Bryant 6-18 5-6 17, Murphy 0-0 0-0 0, World Peace 0-8 0-0 0, Blake 2-9 1-2 5, Kapono 2-6 0-0 5, McRoberts 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 39-86 12-15 92.

Denver 23 22 26 18— 89

L.A. Lakers 22 24 23 23— 92

3-Point GoalsDenver 7-26 (Harrington 3-8, Afflalo 2-5, Lawson 1-3, Fernandez 1-5, Miller 0-1, Gallinari 0-4), Lakers 2-24 (Barnes 1-3, Kapono 1-4, Gasol 0-1, Fisher 0-2, World Peace 0-3, Bryant 0-5, Blake 0-6). Fouled OutFisher. ReboundsDenver 44 (Mozgov 10), Lakers 60 (Bynum 13). AssistsDenver 22 (Lawson 8), Lakers 24 (Bryant 9). Total FoulsDenver 17, Lakers 20. TechnicalsBryant. A18,997.

Pistons 96, Pacers 88

INDIANA (88): Granger 4-15 2-2 11, West 4-11 2-2 10, Hibbert 4-7 1-2 9, Collison 4-6 5-6 15, George 2-5 2-3 7, Hansbrough 5-14 6-7 16, Hill 7-11 1-2 16, Jones 0-3 4-4 4, Amundson 0-1 0-0 0, Stephenson 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 30-76 23-28 88.

DETROIT (96): Prince 5-13 0-0 12, Jerebko 8-14 1-3 20, Monroe 8-12 3-4 19, Stuckey 5-12 4-4 15, Gordon 6-12 2-2 16, Knight 3-8 0-0 6, Maxiell 3-5 0-0 6, Wallace 1-1 0-0 2, Daye 0-3 0-0 0, Wilkins 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 39-82 10-13 96.

Indiana 18 26 20 24— 88

Detroit 21 31 30 14— 96

3-Point GoalsIndiana 5-15 (Collison 2-3, George 1-2, Hill 1-3, Granger 1-4, Stephenson 0-1, West 0-1, Jones 0-1), Detroit 8-15 (Jerebko 3-4, Prince 2-3, Gordon 2-4, Stuckey 1-1, Daye 0-1, Knight 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 44 (Hibbert, Hansbrough, Collison, West, Hill 5), Detroit 53 (Jerebko 12). AssistsIndiana 17 (Collison 8), Detroit 25 (Stuckey 7). Total FoulsIndiana 19, Detroit 23. TechnicalsInd. second 2. A8,824

Thunder 107, Suns 97

PHOENIX (97): Hill 2-8 2-2 6, Frye 1-6 0-0 2, Gortat 5-9 2-2 12, Nash 3-10 0-0 8, Dudley 5-10 3-3 14, Childress 0-4 0-0 0, Lopez 1-4 2-2 4, Price 2-6 1-2 5, Morris 5-8 2-3 15, Warrick 5-8 5-7 15, Brown 4-8 0-0 9, Telfair 2-7 2-2 7. Totals 35-88 19-23 97.

OKLAHOMA CITY (107): Durant 4-11 2-2 12, Ibaka 4-4 0-0 8, Perkins 2-3 0-0 4, Westbrook 8-14 2-2 18, Sefolosha 4-7 2-2 12, Collison 5-7 1-1 11, Harden 1-6 8-8 10, Mohammed 4-6 1-3 9, Cook 4-5 0-0 12, Maynor 0-4 0-0 0, Hayward 3-5 0-0 7, Aldrich 1-2 0-0 2, Jackson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 41-77 16-18 107.

Phoenix 22 24 21 30— 97

Oklahoma City 27 33 29 18— 107

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 8-26 (Morris 3-4, Nash 2-7, Telfair 1-1, Brown 1-2, Dudley 1-3, Price 0-1, Hill 0-2, Childress 0-2, Frye 0-4), Okl City 9-22 (Cook 4-5, Sefolosha 2-3, Durant 2-3, Hayward 1-2, Westbrook 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Maynor 0-2, Harden 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 43 (Gortat, Morris 6), Okl City 52 (Perkins 8). AssistsPho 19 (Nash 6), Okl City 25 (Harden 8). Total FoulsPho 16, Okl City 27. A18,203

Knicks 114, Kings 92

NEW YORK (114): Anthony 6-15 11-13 23, Harrellson 5-11 0-0 14, Chandler 6-8 10-10 22, Douglas 6-18 1-1 17, Fields 10-16 1-2 21, Jordan 0-3 0-0 0, Walker 5-8 0-0 11, Bibby 1-4 0-0 3, Novak 1-3 1-1 3, Balkman 0-2 0-0 0, Lin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-89 24-27 114.

SACRAMENTO (92): Salmons 3-9 0-0 7, Hayes 2-6 1-2 5, Cousins 2-10 5-6 9, Evans 6-14 1-3 13, Thornton 5-13 2-3 14, Fredette 2-10 2-2 7, Thomas 0-2 7-10 7, Hickson 2-3 1-1 5, Outlaw 0-2 0-0 0, Thompson 5-10 3-8 13, Greene 3-7 2-4 10, Honeycutt 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 30-86 26-41 92.

New York 35 21 22 36— 114

Sacramento 20 22 23 27— 92

3-Point GoalsNew York 10-28 (Douglas 4-6, Harrellson 4-8, Bibby 1-2, Walker 1-2, Balkman 0-1, Novak 0-2, Anthony 0-3, Fields 0-4), Sacramento 6-22 (Greene 2-4, Thornton 2-6, Salmons 1-3, Fredette 1-7, Thomas 0-1, Evans 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 51 (Harrellson 12), Sacramento 72 (Hayes 13). AssistsNew York 26 (Douglas 8), Sacramento 15 (Cousins 4). Total FoulsNew York 35, Sacramento 22. TechnicalsThompson, Sacramento defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Bibby. A16,175

Rockets 95, Hawks 84

ATLANTA (84): Smith 4-12 4-8 12, M.Williams 3-7 2-2 9, Horford 6-11 3-4 15, Teague 3-7 0-0 6, J.Johnson 7-15 0-0 15, Pargo 3-5 0-0 6, Pachulia 1-2 1-2 3, McGrady 6-11 0-0 13, Radmanovic 0-5 0-0 0, Green 2-5 0-0 5, Collins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-80 10-16 84.

HOUSTON (95): Budinger 7-10 0-0 17, Scola 9-19 3-4 21, Hill 5-8 1-2 11, Lowry 0-6 2-2 2, Martin 9-20 3-3 27, Dalembert 3-6 1-2 7, Lee 1-3 0-0 2, Dragic 1-5 0-0 2, Patterson 3-5 0-0 6, Parsons 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-82 10-13 95.

Atlanta 22 22 16 24— 84

Houston 31 20 21 23— 95

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 4-16 (McGrady 1-2, Green 1-2, M.Williams 1-2, J.Johnson 1-5, Smith 0-1, Pargo 0-1, Radmanovic 0-3), Houston 9-19 (Martin 6-11, Budinger 3-4, Dragic 0-1, Lowry 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 46 (Smith 7), Houston 52 (Hill 15). AssistsAtlanta 16 (Teague 5), Houston 26 (Lowry 18). Total FoulsAtlanta 14, Houston 18. TechnicalsJ.Johnson, Houston defensive three second 2. A14,390

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