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Bynum improves Lakers' chances

The return of L.A.'s center lifted all the players around him in Game 1 victory

Updated: April 19, 2010, 12:33 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- If Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol hugged like they did Sunday at any point in the last month, Bynum would have a pile of ruined dress shirts lying on the floor at the back of his closet, as his strained left Achilles tendon kept him out of uniform and in street clothes since March 19.

The two 7-footers, who play so much bigger than their combined 14 feet when they're on the court together, held their sweaty embrace, celebrating the Lakers' 87-79 victory over the Oklahoma ...

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