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Bynum best on block

Lakers center Andrew Bynum makes one of his league-record-tying 10 blocks, this one on Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson. Bynum earns his first career triple double in the Lakers’ win.

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Lakers center Andrew Bynum makes one of his league-record-tying 10 blocks, this one on Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson. Bynum earns his first career triple double in the Lakers’ win.

LOS ANGELES — A day before Andrew Bynum produced one of the most eye-popping defensive performances in playoff history, he spoke up to his Lakers teammates about the importance of getting off to a good start in their championship quest.

With a league-record-tying 10 blocked shots, the 7-foot All-Star center put the Lakers on the good foot — and the Nuggets on their heels to start their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Kobe Bryant had 31 points and Bynum posted the Lakers' first playoff triple double in 21 years and his first ever as Los Angeles controlled the tempo in a playoff-opening 103-88 victory Sunday.

The seventh-year pro capped his dominance with his record-tying block of Timofey Mozgov with 3:02 left. Bynum also had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

"It's the only way really possible for me to get a triple double — through blocked shots," Bynum said. "If I play good D, we'll win games. I think I'm just going to be as aggressively as I can defensively to contest their shots."

Just how dominant were Bynum and his tall teammates against the league's top-scoring team? Bynum blocked 11 percent of Denver's 90 shots, and Los Angeles had 15 total blocks.

Bynum had the Lakers' first playoff triple double since Magic Johnson in the 1991 Finals. He passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's franchise-record nine blocks and tied the NBA record set by Utah's Mark Eaton on April 26, 1985, and matched by Hakeem Olajuwon on April 29, 1990.

DENVER (88): Gallinari 7-14 5-6 19, Faried 4-8 2-3 10, Koufos 0-1 0-0 0, Lawson 3-11 1-2 7, Afflalo 3-11 3-4 9, Harrington 4-14 0-0 10, McGee 0-6 2-4 2, Miller 5-13 2-3 12, Brewer 3-6 3-3 11, Mozgov 2-5 2-2 6, Stone 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-90 20-27 88.

L.A. LAKERS (103): Ebanks 5-6 2-2 12, Gasol 6-14 0-0 13, Bynum 5-7 0-0 10, Sessions 6-11 0-0 14, Bryant 11-24 9-11 31, Barnes 1-6 0-0 2, Hill 5-10 0-2 10, Blake 3-7 0-0 9, Eyenga 1-1 0-0 2, Goudelock 0-0 0-0 0, McRoberts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-86 11-15 103.

Denver 14 26 24 24— 88

L.A. Lakers 27 23 27 26— 103

3-Point GoalsDenver 4-14 (Harrington 2-4, Brewer 2-4, Miller 0-1, Lawson 0-2, Afflalo 0-3), L.A. Lakers 6-17 (Blake 3-6, Sessions 2-3, Gasol 1-2, Bryant 0-2, Barnes 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 56 (Miller, Faried 8), L.A. Lakers 56 (Bynum 13). AssistsDenver 17 (Miller 7), L.A. Lakers 22 (Gasol 8). Total FoulsDenver 18, L.A. Lakers 22. TechnicalsFaried, Bryant, L.A. Lakers defensive three second. A18,997 (18,997).

Rondo tossed in loss

ATLANTA — Game 1 of their East quarterfinal series was not pretty for the Celtics. It got downright ugly at the end.

Boston's star point guard, Rajon Rondo, was ejected in the final minute for bumping an official as the Hawks began the series with an 83-74 victory.

Josh Smith had 22 points and 18 rebounds for Atlanta, which led by four when Rondo lost his cool with 41 seconds left — and might have cost himself a chance to play Game 2 Tuesday night.

"I deserved the first tech," Rondo said. "I didn't intentionally chest-bump him, but that's what it appears to be. It's out of my control."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers doesn't think Rondo deserves a suspension: "I'm always worried, but I would be surprised if that happens," he said.

Brandon Bass was called for a foul on Smith. Rondo screamed at official Marc Davis, who quickly called a technical. Rondo then bumped Davis with his chest and was tossed out.

The Celtics were without guard Ray Allen (right ankle).

BOSTON (74): Pierce 5-19 2-3 12, Bass 3-7 2-2 8, Garnett 8-19 4-4 20, Rondo 10-18 0-0 20, Bradley 4-12 2-4 10, Stiemsma 1-2 0-0 2, Pietrus 0-2 0-0 0, Pavlovic 0-0 0-0 0, Dooling 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 32-82 10-13 74.

ATLANTA (83): Jo.Johnson 3-15 5-8 11, Smith 8-20 6-9 22, Collins 3-5 0-0 6, Teague 5-10 3-4 15, Hinrich 4-8 0-0 12, I.Johnson 2-4 0-0 4, M.Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Green 1-2 0-0 2, Pargo 2-4 0-0 5, McGrady 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 31-76 14-21 83.

Boston 18 17 18 21— 74

Atlanta 31 18 16 18— 83

3-Point GoalsBoston 0-11 (Dooling 0-1, Bradley 0-2, Pietrus 0-2, Pierce 0-6), Atlanta 7-20 (Hinrich 4-6, Teague 2-2, Pargo 1-2, Smith 0-1, Jo.Johnson 0-9). Fouled OutBass. ReboundsBoston 47 (Garnett 12), Atlanta 58 (Smith 18). AssistsBoston 21 (Rondo 11), Atlanta 16 (Jo.Johnson 5). Total FoulsBoston 24, Atlanta 18. TechnicalsRondo 2. Ejected—Rondo. A19,292 (18,729).

Spurs off on right foot

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In his best playoff game since 2009, Spurs point guard Tony Parker scored 28 and West top seed San Antonio erased four years of 0-1 holes to start the playoffs, beating the Jazz 106-91 in Game 1.

Last year San Antonio also entered as the No. 1 seed, only to be ousted by Memphis.

"I think everybody knows what happened last year," Parker said. "Everybody's motivated this year, but we don't even talk about it."

Utah had its first playoff game without Jerry Sloan since 1988.

UTAH (91): Hayward 2-6 12-12 17, Millsap 8-14 4-6 20, Jefferson 8-16 0-1 16, Harris 3-9 0-0 7, Howard 0-4 0-0 0, Carroll 3-8 0-0 7, Favors 3-5 1-4 7, Tinsley 3-8 2-2 9, Kanter 1-4 0-0 2, Burks 1-2 4-5 6, Ahearn 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-76 23-30 91.

SAN ANTONIO (106): Leonard 2-5 2-2 6, Duncan 7-14 3-5 17, Diaw 4-5 1-1 9, Parker 10-19 8-10 28, Green 1-3 0-0 2, Ginobili 3-10 1-2 7, Jackson 4-8 4-4 14, Bonner 3-5 0-0 9, Splitter 2-4 0-2 4, Neal 2-5 0-0 5, Blair 2-5 1-2 5, Mills 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-84 20-28 106.

Utah 22 25 23 21— 91

San Antonio 28 26 31 21— 106

3-Point GoalsUtah 4-13 (Tinsley 1-1, Carroll 1-3, Hayward 1-4, Harris 1-4, Howard 0-1), San Antonio 6-17 (Bonner 3-4, Jackson 2-4, Neal 1-2, Ginobili 0-2, Green 0-2, Leonard 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsUtah 51 (Jefferson, Millsap 9), San Antonio 52 (Duncan 11). AssistsUtah 17 (Tinsley 5), San Antonio 25 (Parker 8). Total FoulsUtah 24, San Antonio 18. TechnicalsSan Antonio Coach Popovich. A18,581 (18,797).

Late Saturday: Durant beats buzzer, Mavs

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant was determined not to let the Thunder lose another playoff game at home to Dallas.

He scored 25 and hit the winning jumper from the free-throw line with 1.5 seconds left to give the Thunder a 99-98 victory over the Mavericks late Saturday in a rematch of last year's West final.

The Thunder trailed by seven with 2½ minutes remaining before rallying to take the first step toward avenging a 4-1 series loss in 2011.

"It's the playoffs," Durant said. "No matter how it gets done, you've got to do it."

DALLAS (98): Marion 7-14 0-0 17, Nowitzki 8-18 9-10 25, Haywood 1-4 2-4 4, Kidd 2-8 2-3 8, West 2-5 0-0 5, Terry 8-10 0-0 20, Carter 5-14 3-4 13, Mahinmi 1-4 4-4 6, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Cardinal 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-78 20-25 98.

OKLAHOMA CITY (99): Durant 10-27 4-5 25, Ibaka 9-12 3-4 22, Perkins 0-3 0-0 0, Westbrook 13-23 1-1 28, Sefolosha 2-2 0-0 5, Harden 4-7 9-10 19, Collison 0-0 0-0 0, Fisher 0-3 0-0 0, Cook 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 38-79 17-20 99.

Dallas 26 25 22 25— 98

Oklahoma City 22 26 21 30— 99

3-Point GoalsDallas 10-22 (Terry 4-5, Marion 3-5, Kidd 2-6, West 1-2, Carter 0-2, Nowitzki 0-2), Oklahoma City 6-16 (Harden 2-4, Sefolosha 1-1, Ibaka 1-1, Westbrook 1-2, Durant 1-6, Cook 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 51 (Marion 8), Oklahoma City 42 (Perkins 8). AssistsDallas 15 (Kidd, Terry 5), Oklahoma City 17 (Westbrook 5). Total FoulsDallas 20, Oklahoma City 22. A18,203 (18,203).

Around the league: Magic confident

INDIANAPOLIS — A day after Orlando erased favored Indiana's homecourt edge with an 81-77 victory — without injured All-Star center Dwight Howard no less — the Magic's confidence was evident.

And this team always thought it had a chance in the series.

"I just think they're good and they believe they can win games," coach Stan Van Gundy said of his players. "I don't think that they're feeding off the underdog role. I think a little bit, it puts a little bit, maybe, a chip on your shoulder."

Magic players say they won't be satisfied with a road split heading into tonight's Game 2.

"I know that they're going to feel a lot of pressure to win this second game, and we don't want to let off at all," forward Ryan Anderson said. "We don't want to kind of just say we won and kind of give back that leeway."

LIN BACK QUICKER? Knicks guard Jeremy Lin said he might play against the Heat, perhaps in Game 4. Lin, whose emergence spawned the phenomenon of "Linsanity," had left knee surgery April 2 and was expected to miss six weeks. He hasn't been through a contact practice or scrimmage and said his knee was sore after a workout Saturday.

BULLS GM BACKS COACH: Bulls general manager Gar Forman supported coach Tom Thibodeau, saying he had no problem with the decision to keep Derrick Rose in the game with Chicago leading by 12 late in Saturday's 103-91 win over the 76ers. "There's absolutely no issue there," Forman said. Rose, the reigning league MVP, tore the ACL in his left knee with about 1:20 left and is out for the rest of the playoffs.

Bynum best on block 04/30/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:14am]

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