Basketball: Bynum back with a bang for Lakers


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Andrew Bynum scored 29 points in his first game of the NBA season after serving a four-game suspension as the Los Angeles Lakers came from a five-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets 92-89 on Saturday.

Bynum's layup sent the Lakers ahead 91-89 with 1:52 to play as they powered past Denver's five-point fourth-quarter lead.

He had been suspended for the first four games of the shortened NBA season because of a flagrant foul against Dallas in the Western Conference playoffs last season.

Bynum had been originally suspended for five games but that was reduced because of the shortened schedule.

The big man also had 13 rebounds and two blocked shots as new coach Mike Brown's coaching style suited his play.

"They're looking for me a lot and I'm a focal point early in the offense," Bynum told reporters.