LOS ANGELES – A day before Andrew Bynum produced one of the most eye-popping
defensive performances in NBA playoff history, he spoke up to his Lakers teammates
about the importance of getting off to a good start in their championship quest. With
an NBA record-tying 10 blocked shots, the 7-foot All-Star center put the Lakers on the
good foot — and the Denver Nuggets on their heels. Kobe Bryant scored 31 points, By-
num posted the Lakers’ first playoff triple-double in 21 years, and Los Angeles thoroughly
controlled the tempo in a playoff-opening 103-88 victory Sunday.