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Lakers’ Andrew Bynum can’t match his recent play

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.”

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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.”

Guess again

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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.

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Shannon Brown?”

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.

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