Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Denver, plus postgame video

December, 31, 2011
12/31/11
4:20
PM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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The Lakers made it three straight Saturday at Staples, beating Denver in a hard fought game, 92-89. In his first game of the season, Andrew Bynum led the way with 29 points, 13 rebounds, and a pair of blocks.

In tonight's Lakers Late Night, we break down his performance and what he'll mean going forward. All that, plus...
  • The culture change this season, led by Mike Brown. The Lakers have re-discovered a defensive identity, and for a fourth time in five games played a strong game on their own end. Is it sustainable?
  • There's also a lot of grit to this group in the early going. The good kind, not the sort left behind by poorly rinsed spinach.
  • Derek Fisher played his 500th straight game Saturday. Worthy of a few comments.
  • Matt Barnes starting in place of Devin Ebanks at small forward.

In-show vids include Brown, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Bynum, and Fisher. All that, and bad movie line readings. Happy new year!

Watch live streaming video from espnlosangeles at livestream.com


Click below for more postgame video, from Brown, Bryant, Bynum, Fisher, Gasol, and Steve Blake.

Brown, on the defense and hustle key to the win:
Gasol, on working with Bynum in the post:
Bynum, on returning to action:
Fisher, on 500 straight. Say what you want about the guy... but 500 straight starts is very impressive:
Fisher, on team grit and defensive play:
Fisher on the win over Denver, his effort and his beloved Dallas Cowboys

Fisher, on the Lakers' start and Bynum's return

Kobe Bryant, on the win over Denver and the team's collective mindset

Steve Blake on the win over Denver and his big play down the stretch


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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Nick Young
PTS AST STL MIN
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 7.4
AssistsK. Bryant 6.3
StealsK. Bryant 1.2
BlocksW. Johnson 1.0