Bynum hosted an NBA record-tying block party Sunday at Staples Center. The Denver Nuggets weren’t invited.

When last we saw ANDREW BYNUM in the playoffs, the seven foot L.A. Lakers center was flagrantly blocking opposing guards out of bounds, earning himself and eventually his team an automatic ejection from the postseason.

On Sunday, the Lakers—Bynum in particular—looked to make amends for last season with an emphatic playoff opening victory over the Denver Nuggets, 103-88…

Bynum finished the game with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots, tying an NBA playoff record for blocked shots and recording the Lakers’ first triple-double playoff performance since Magic Johnson did it in 1991. (Damn…it’s been that long?)

Before the game, Bynum expressed his motivation going into this postseason and his critical role in the Lakers’ playoff run this spring on youtube…

Kobe is going to be Kobe. Jack Nicholson and the rest of the planet knows that. But if the Lakers are going to make some real noise this postseason, it will rest on the dominant play of Andrew Bynum.

Sunday’s performance was straight up proof of that, Jack.

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