Bynum Injured As Lakers Beat Spurs Reserves At Staples Center

The Lakers need a win Wednesday night or a Dallas loss to secure the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

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Andrew Bynum Injured As Lakers Top Spurs Reserves, 102-93

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, Lamar Odom added 23 and Pau Gasol totaled 17 points and 17 rebounds, as the Los Angeles Lakers won the game against the San Antonio Spurs, 102-93, though they may have lost the war due to an injury to Andrew Bynum. The Spurs took advantage of wrapping up the top seed in the Western Conference by resting Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili.

The Lakers, on the other hand, are still jostling for position and had to play their regulars, proving costly as Bynum went down with a hyperextended right knee in the second quarter. Bynum will have an MRI on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury. Los Angeles is tied with Dallas for second place in the West and can secure the spot with a win over Sacramento in Wednesday's regular season finale.

The Spurs were led by Gary Neal's 16 points, while Matt Bonner chipped in 13 points in the loss, the club's first in five games. The Lakers led by as many as 10 in the first quarter and were on top, 24-15, after 12 minutes of play. The Spurs, though, scored the first 11 points of the second to take the lead, and the teams went into the locker room tied, 45-45.

San Antonio went cold in the third and trailed 70-64 at its conclusion, but went in front just 4 1/2 minutes into the fourth on a Danny Green jumper. Odom broke an 83-83 tie with a three-point play, and the Lakers led from there. The Sixth Man of the Year candidate got three more points the unconventional way a little latter, then hit one from long range to cap an 11-0 run for a 102-88 cushion that put the game away.

Game Notes

The Lakers snapped a season-long five-game slide, their longest since a seven- game drought from March 2-15, 2007...The teams split the season series...Derek Fisher scored 13 points for the Lakers, who finished the season with a 30-11 record at Staples Center.

For more news and information on the Lakers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Spurs: Andrew Bynum Hyper-Extends Right Knee, Will Undergo MRI Wednesday

The Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship hopes may rest in the MRI that will take place Wednesday morning. Lakers center Andrew Bynum injured his right knee, technically a hyper-extension, in the second quarter Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center. Bynum walked off the court under his own power, but with a noticeable limp.

Here is footage of the injury, which shows Bynum stepping on the foot of DeJuan Blair of the Spurs (via Jose3030):

Bynum will not return for tonight's game, and is out for Wednesday's regular season finale in Sacramento as well. Bynum will undergo an MRI exam Wednesday morning to determine the severity of the injury. Bynum is averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds this season, and his stellar play, especially on the defensive end, helped fuel a 17-1 run by the Lakers after the All-Star break.

For more news and information on the Lakers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Spurs Starting Lineups: Duncan, Parker, Ginobili All Sit For San Antonio

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to snap their five-game losing streak Tuesday night at Staples Center, and they are receiving some help from the San Antonio Spurs. Coach Gregg Popovich is resting his stars Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili tonight. The Spurs have the top seed in the Western Conference locked up already.

The Lakers have a magic number of two to clinch the No. 2 seed in the West. The Lakers will be without Steve Blake, who has the chickenpox, and Matt Barnes, who has right knee soreness. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

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Lakers Host Spurs At Staples Center In Possible Playoff Preview On TNT

About a week and a half ago, it appeared Tuesday night's game at Staples Center would be the battle for the top seed in the Western Conference in the upcoming NBA playoffs. Now, the Los Angeles Lakers are simply trying to stop the bleeding, hoping to snap a five-game losing streak against the team with the best record in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs. This is the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams, with the Spurs winning two of three.

The Lakers' magic number to clinch the No. 2 seed in the West is just two, but they have two games remaining so they most likely to need to win both remaining games to secure the position. The Lakers play in Sacramento Wednesday night. The Lakers tonight will try to recapture the magic of the team that was 17-1 since the All-Star break, and the team that blew out the Spurs in San Antonio on March 6. L.A. led by as much as 30 points in that 99-83 win.

C.A. Clark at Silver Screen and Roll sees tonight and tomorrow as a great opportunity for the Lakers:

It's not like years have passed since the last time the Lakers appeared dominant.  Win a couple games to close out the season, take care of business with relative ease in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and the Lakers will once again be labeled as the team to beat, seeds and home court be damned.  It's about communication to the rest of the league that the last five games were the blip on the radar, not the 18 games that preceded it.

For more news and information on the Lakers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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