Lakers center Andrew Bynum looks for room to operate against Heat center… (Hector Gabino / McClatchy-Tribune )
Reporting from Miami
Andrew Bynum finally had a bad night.
In a sign of how far the Lakers' center had progressed, it was difficult to call 13 points and 12 rebounds a bad experience, but he insisted on it.
"It took me a while to get going today. I don't really know why," Bynum said after the Lakers' 94-88 loss Thursday to the Miami Heat. "I was roaming. I just wasn't being quite as active. I'll watch the tape a little bit."
Bynum saw his rebounding spree (50 in the previous three games) ease up a bit after he took only one before halftime.
It was a main talking point of a fairly even first half: Bynum had only one rebound in almost 16 minutes?
Turns out he sustained a minor injury, landing on the foot of a Heat player in the second quarter and saying he tweaked his right ankle.
"I'm lucky," he said, smiling. "I might not have good knees, but I'm sure I have good ankles."
Bynum said he would be fine for Saturday's game in Dallas, one of the Lakers' last big regular-season road tests.
Dallas leads the Lakers by 11/2 games for second place in the Western Conference and clinches the head-to-head tiebreaker with a victory.
"Dallas is huge," Bynum said. "We've got to beat them. That's going to put us back on track."
Who has the most dunks for the Lakers?
"Not Ron," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.
He was right. It wasn't Artest.
But then he was wrong.
It's actually Bynum, who has 56 dunks in 41 games. Pau Gasol has 54, followed by Lamar Odom (39), Kobe Bryant (30), and Brown (23).
Artest had a dunk against Miami to give him three, ahead of only Theo Ratliff (one) on the Lakers.
Orlando center Dwight Howard has a league-leading 187 dunks. Clippers forward Blake Griffin has 157.