Bark and bite: Bynum dunks on KG

The play of the day belonged to Kobe Bryant- game winners on national television against a hated rival/potential Finals opponent tend to quash any debate- but the player of the game Sunday afternoon in L.A.'s one-point win over Boston was probably Andrew Bynum. 19 points on 7/13 from the floor, plus 11 boards, two steals, two blocks, and a starters-best +9 in 33 minutes. (Ron Artest also should appear on the ballot, thanks to his work on Paul Pierce.)

Bynum was a force inside, playing well enough to earn long-craved crunch time minutes. His signature play, the one indicating he wasn't screwing around, came early. In the first quarter, after Kevin Garnett hit a jumper over him and yapped about it the length of the court as the Lakers brought the ball up. Bynum quickly accepted an entry pass from Derek Fisher and threw down a violent dunk on KG, then barked a few words himself.

For Lakers fans seeking tangible evidence of Bynum's intensity, it was a very pleasing moment, though it shouldn't have come as a total shock. After all, Bynum established pretty early in his career he doesn't appreciate being shown up.