As he ran up and down the court, Andrew Bynum took deep breaths.
It had little to do with the normal fatigue that surrounds a typical basketball game. It had everything to do with fighting an upper respiratory infection he suffered the night before the Lakers' 112-108 overtime victory Sunday over the Dallas Mavericks.
"It was was just hard to breathe," said Bynum, who finished with 20 points on nine-of-24 shooting and 16 rebounds. "I was tired."
Still, Bynum managed to overcome a one-for-eight first quarter stretch. He focused his energy on grabbing rebounds and playing defense. Bynum shot proficiently in the second quarter (three-of-five) and fourth quarter (three-of-three). And his 13-foot turnaround jumper gave the Lakers a 108-106 lead with 2:19 remaining in overtime.