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Bynum leaves game vs. Grizzlies with injured left knee

LOS ANGELES -- Lakers center Andrew Bynum was helped off the
court with an apparent injury to his left knee early in the third
quarter of Sunday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The 20-year-old Bynum, a key factor in the Lakers' excellent
start this season, came down on teammate Lamar Odom's left foot
while going for a rebound under the Memphis basket and dropped to
the floor in obvious pain, clutching his knee.

Lakers spokesman John Black said X-rays of Bynum's knee were
negative, but an MRI would be taken Monday and Bynum wouldn't
travel to Seattle for that night's game against the SuperSonics.

Bynum had 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists and the
Lakers led 66-55 when he was injured. Teammates Kwame Brown and
Ronny Turiaf carried him to the locker room, and the 7-footer
wasn't putting any weight on his left leg as he left the court.

Bynum, a third-year pro taken by the Lakers with the 10th
overall pick in the 2005 draft, is averaging 13.2 points, 10.2
rebounds and 2.12 blocked shots. He entered the game tied with
Golden State's Andris Biedrins for the NBA lead in field goal
percentage at 63.4, and was the league's 11th-leading rebounder and
ninth-leading shot-blocker.