Apr 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) and Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins (15) battle for a rebound at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Lakers Vs. Warriors: LA Wins, Kobe Scores 40; Andrew Bynum Sprains Ankle

The Lakers have won 28 of their last 32 games against Golden State.

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Lakers Schedule 2012: Busy Week Ahead, Including Showdown With Clippers

The Los Angeles Lakers won a pair of home games over the weekend, and hold a game-and-a-half lead over the crosstown rival Clippers for the Pacific Division lead. But the Lakers have a busy week ahead with a pair of back-to-back sets, including a Wednesday showdown against the Clippers. Here is a look at the weekly schedule for the Lakers:

Tuesday - New Jersey at Lakers (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): The good thing for the Lakers this week is that even though they play four games in a five-day stretch, the first three are at Staples Center, where the Lakers have beaten the Nets three straight times. The Lakers have won their last seven contests against New Jersey.

Wednesday - Lakers at Clippers (7:30 p.m., KCAL, Prime Ticket, ESPN): This is the most important game of the week for both teams, as not only are they separated by just one game in the loss column, this game will also determine the tiebreaker as they have split two previous meetings this season.

Friday - Houston at Lakers (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports West): The Lakers and Rockets have split two games this season, with each team winning at home.

Saturday - Lakers at Phoenix (7:00 p.m., KCAL): The Lakers have beaten the Suns twice this season in Los Angeles, but lost 102-90 in Arizona on February 19. The Lakers are 11-15 on the road this season.

For more news and information on Lakers basketball, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Vs. Warriors: LA Get Important Win Without Andrew Bynum, Kobe Bryant Scores 40

The Los Angeles Lakers managed a terribly important victory in a fun one Sunday night over the Golden State Warriors, the final score 120-112. They did so with Andrew Bynum who left the game with an ankle injury after only playing ten minutes. Bynum will learn more about his ankle tomorrow, but told reporters he will "definitely" play on Tuesday against the New Jersey Nets.

With Andrew Bynum not even managing points before he left the game, it was up to Kobe Bryant to carry the team and he proved up to the task tonight scoring 40 points. It was an accurate shooting night for Bryant, going 16-28 and 3-3 from behind the arc; only needing five points from the charity stripe to reach the 40 mark.

It wouldn't have been enough unless Pau Gasol stepped up underneath the basket as well, and luckily Pau was hot tonight as well. 11-17 shooting with 11 rebounds. He and Bryant had to play 40 and 37 minutes respectively, with Ramon Sessions and Meta World Peace also stepping up to play 30+ minutes. Sessions had 9 assists and 23 points as he continues to prove a great midseason acquisition.

David Lee led the Warriors with 27 points, and the Warriors had a number of double digit scorers. They managed to keep it close, only down by five points with three minutes left in the game, but didn't have enough to counter the monster games Bryant, Gasol, and Sessions all turned in.

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Andrew Bynum Injury: Lakers Center Sprains Ankle Vs. Warriors

The first three words of this title are words Los Angeles Lakers fans never want to see, but Andrew Bynum did hurt himself against the Golden State Warriors. Bynum got hurt when he landed on the foot of fellow Laker forward Josh McRoberts, and he had to go to the locker room to get treatment.

Bynum's injury is probably not too serious though, but he didn't return to action in tonight's game. Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles filed this report.

The Los Angeles Lakers said center Andrew Bynum suffered a moderately sprained left ankle in the first quarter of the team's game against the Golden State Warriors.

The team said X-rays on the ankle were negative, but Bynum won't return to Sunday night's game at Staples Center. He will be re-evaluated on Monday.

The Lakers can't afford to lose Bynum. Without him they downgrade from veteran playoff contender to merely average squad that would be highly unlikely to make a deep run at anything. The Lakers need Bynum to get back on the court as soon as possible, but considering how secure they are in their playoff positioning

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Lakers Vs. Warriors: L.A. Seeks 2nd Straight Win

The Lakers have won 28 of their last 32 games against Golden State.

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