Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum were like an old married couple in Game 7. Instead of finishing each other's sentences, they were finishing each other's plays. Gasol assisted Bynum on countless baskets in the paint, and Gasol cleaned up a Bynum miss at the halftime buzzer to put the Lakers up by six. Instead of having to check in with each other, they seemingly knew where the other was on the court at all times. That's love. They were as comfortable and in sync Saturday as they were out of sorts the previous game. Gasol and Bynum were in a groove and so were the Lakers as they dispatched the Denver Nuggets 96-87 Saturday in front of a sellout crowd at Staples Center. The two combined for 39 points, 35 rebounds, 10 blocked shots and seven assists. And one very big victory. "We were more aggressive," Gasol said. "We attacked the paint better and pounded the ball every single time. We helped each other. We communicated. There was good energy. Those things, and our backs were against the wall. That also had something to do with it." Understatement of the season. "Our two bigs, they were terrific," Lakers coach Mike Brown said. "Their presence makes us different than everyone else. For them to have high double-doubles like that, that was a heckuva night for those guys." Denver coach George Karl needed two words to sum up their performance: "Damn good." The only tandem seemingly more in a groove than Bynum and Gasol were Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West, who were awfully cozy in their courtside seats. Gasol and Bynum seemed destined for divorce - at least a breakup was expected in the offseason for the Lakers if they lost - because they were so awful in the Game 6 loss to the Nuggets in Denver. Gasol missed 9 of 10 shots Thursday and had just three points and three rebounds. Bynum looked like he didn't care to be there, as he missed 7 of 11 shots and scored just 11 points but added 16 rebounds.
Big men Gasol, Bynum finally come up ... well, big
L.A. Daily News | May 13