Lakers C Bynum leaves with knee injury

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Los Angeles Lakerscenter Andrew Bynum left in the first quarter of Saturday's win over the Memphis Grizzlies with what the team is calling a sprained right knee.

Bynum had to be helped off the court with 6:55 to go in the first quarter and scored seven points in five minutes of action before exiting.

"I didn't hear any pops, basically I just hurt the knee, the inside of my leg," Bynum said.

X-rays were negative. He is expected to undergo further testing Sunday morning.

Entering the game averaging 14.2 points and 8.4 rebounds this season, Bynum has become a force as of late, scoring 27 points in Friday's win over Minnesota as part of five straight double-doubles. The 7-footer was forced to miss the entire second half of last season and the playoffs after suffering a partially dislocated kneecap last January -- also against Memphis.

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