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Foremost in his mind is 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, who has started the last 32 games since Brown went down with a sprained ankle Dec. 31. Bynum missed all four shots he took Friday, committed four turnovers and was called for five fouls in 33 minutes. Jackson said Bynum “didn’t get anything accomplished out there tonight,” and later added, “He needs to get off the front line and get out of that enemy fire for a while.” The question is if Brown is ready to play heavy minutes only five games after returning from the injury. Brown finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds against the Sixers and said afterward, “Whatever (Jackson) decides, I’ll be ready.” The Sixers trailed 57-51 at halftime but started the third quarter on a 12-3 run that saw Brian Cook pick up his fourth and fifth fouls in two minutes. Jackson had seen enough when he called timeout with 8:25 left after Philadelphia scored eight consecutive points. He sent Shammond Williams and Aaron McKie to replace Smush Parker and Bynum. With only 10 players due to injuries, the Lakers were left at times with McKie defending 7-footer Steven Hunter. Andre Iguodala, the Sixers’ third-year guard, finished with 31 points and punctuated the third-quarter run by burying a 3-pointer while drawing contact from Bryant. He completed the four-point play and scored 14 points in the quarter. The only good news for the Lakers was that Denver lost to Detroit, leaving them with a 21/2-game lead for sixth in the Western Conference standings. available 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was a wilting,” Jackson said. All that was left was for the Lakers was to pack up and head home from an 0-4 road trip. They dropped their fifth consecutive game, 11th out of the last 14, and have to wonder if they’ll be able to stay in playoff position for the final 19 games. Kobe Bryant returned from his one-game NBA suspension and finished with 30 points, but made just 3 of 14 shots while facing double-teams the entire second half. It was just one factor in an avalanche that saw the Lakers lose the second half 57-35. “That’s called them going in and making some adjustments and us going and out doing the same thing we did in the first half,” Kwame Brown said. “They put that `Kobe-dar’ on like every team is going to do and nobody else stepped up and made a play.” Bryant said: “Our execution just fails us because we don’t have the guys out there that know the intricacies of the offense.” The Sixers won their sixth consecutive game while the Lakers remained winless since Lamar Odom was lost to a torn labrum. Jackson spent the third quarter trying to find any combination that worked and contemplated lineup changes afterward.
PHILADELPHIA – The traffic was so snarled during the bus ride to the Wachovia Center for Friday’s game that Phil Jackson jokingly claimed it must have been a product of the flower show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Then came the second half of the Lakers’ 108-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, when Jackson’s team gave up a 20-3 run out of the locker room and left the coach to continue with the horticultural theme for the night.