Really, Sunday's game couldn't have gone any better for the Lakers. A triple-double for Andrew Bynum keying a dominant defensive performance for the team. A near trip-dub from the ever-productive Pau Gasol, and 31 points from Kobe Bryant following a huge second half.
But the day wouldn't have been nearly the success without the supporting cast. Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, and Devin Ebanks all played significant roles, and the Lakers now have a 1-0 lead after a 103-88 win. The Lakers played great defense, controlled the tempo, moved the ball, and generally speaking showed impeccable discipline on the floor.
We talk about all that and more on Sunday's edition of Lakers Late Night. In show postgame video from Mike Brown and Bynum.
Click below for more video, from Brown, Bynum, Devin Ebanks, Jordan Hill, Ramon Sessions, and Pau Gasol.
Brown, on Ebanks stepping into a significant role in the playoffs:
Brown, on Bynum's development and impact on a game:
Brown on Bynum's impact defensively:
Ebanks on stepping in and being ready:
Hill on Bynum, and his own performance in Game 1:
Hill on cracking the rotation:
Andrew Bynum on the win over Denver and his defense:
Bynum on sustainability of his defense, maintaining focus, and his triple-double:
Bynum, on what it takes to play this level of defense:
Pau Gasol on the win and the team's defense:
Gasol, on imposing the team's will and playing with discipline:
Ramon Sessions on earning the trust of his teams in L.A., and playing with discipline: