- Dave McMenamin, ESPN.com
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DENVER -- Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum did not go through his normal pregame routine prior to the Denver Nuggets' 99-84 win in Game 3 on Friday and said that the lack of prep time contributed to his slow start in the first half.
"I got there a little late," Bynum said of his Pepsi Center arrival before the Lakers practiced at a gym connected to their team hotel on Saturday. "So, I probably didn't have as much time as I needed."
Bynum was scoreless in the first half, going 0-for-3 from the field as the Nuggets built a 16-point lead heading into halftime.
"I took myself out [of it]," Bynum said. "I was just not, I guess I don't know, maybe just not ready to play."
Bynum bounced back in the second half, scoring all 18 of his points in the third and fourth quarters to finish the game with 18 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.
"I was able to refocus to not let the first half bother me," Bynum said. "So, that's what it's all about. Just going out there with a sort of fire, and I had that in the second half."
The 24-year old center, who was an All-Star for the first time this season, said he will prepare differently for Sunday's Game 4.
"I just told myself, 'Things happen,'" Bynum said. "I'm going to make an adjustment coming into the next game. Get there a little early, probably. Do some stuff. Get adjusted to the altitude prior to the game versus in the first half."
Lakers co-captain Kobe Bryant said it was good to see Bynum holding himself accountable.
"The first step to improving as a player is admitting to yourself when you've done something wrong and how to correct that," Bryant said. "I do the same thing too, I just don't tell (the press)."
Lakers coach Mike Brown was not as supportive as Bryant with his take on Bynum's admission of being ill prepared.
"You hope at this time of the season everybody who steps onto the floor is ready," Brown said.
Bynum, who is averaging 18.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.7 blocks in the series even with his slow start in Game 3, vowed things will be different for him at the start of Game 4.
"It makes you get there and do it better the next time," Bynum said. "No one is perfect. Things are going to happen. For what it's worth, I'm going to go and be ready for (Sunday's) game."
Andrew Bynum is promising to get to the Pepsi Center early for Game 4 of the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round series against the Denver Nuggets following his scoreless first half in Game 3.