For the second straight game, Mike Brown benched one of his starters in the second half. Tuesday night in Oakland, center Andrew Bynum rode the pine for the bulk of the second half in the Los Angeles Lakers' 104-101 win over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Bynum was benched for shooting a three-pointer with 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter:
Bynum also refused to take part in team huddles during timeouts and after the game didn't sound like someone who thought he did anything wrong. "He took me out of the game. So I just sat where he put me," Bynum said of Brown, per Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Also, per Ding:
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points to lead the Lakers to the win, including sinking two key jumpers late in the fourth quarter. Matt Barnes also had 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Lakers.
The Lakers return home to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. We'll see how much playing time the center gets in that game.
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