Andrew Bynum starts over Lamar Odom

Updated: December 30, 2010, 3:50 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Facing adding to a three game losing streak where each loss came by a double-digit deficit, the Los Angeles Lakers needed to change something up before Wednesday night's game against the Hornets.

Enter Andrew Bynum.

After averaging 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his first seven games of the season coming off the bench since his season debut Dec. 14 following offseason surgery on his right knee, Bynum started at center Wednesday in New Orleans in place of Lamar Odom.

In the Lakers' 97-82 loss Tuesday to the San Antonio Spurs, Bynum was a bright spot, going 4-of-4 from the field on a night when Los Angeles shot just 35.4 percent as a team.

Bynum scored six points on 3-of-4 shooting and collected one rebound in the first quarter against the Hornets. He finished with 18 points. Odom had 24 coming off the bench.

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.