Halftime: Lakers 59, Suns 45

Welcome back, Andrew Bynum. After sitting out the last two games because of a strained right elbow, Bynum returned to the starting lineup and it looked like he hadn’t missed a minute. He scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 22 minutes. He made 8 of 12 shots and exploited a mismatch against the Suns’ Channing Frye. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Steve Nash led Phoenix with nine points. The Lakers shot 55.3 percent in the half; the Suns shot 32.7 percent.