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Lakers beat Minnesota, will turn attention to Bynum's injury

March 19, 2010 |  9:59 pm

Lakers1_400 The Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-96, but the bigger story Friday night was Andrew Bynum's injury.

The Lakers' center strained his left Achilles' tendon while running down court early in the third quarter. He promptly checked out of the game and went to the locker room to have the injury iced. He had 11 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes against the Timberwolves.

Bynum will be further evaluated Saturday and might have an MRI exam if pain persists.

As for the game, the Lakers weren't great against the team with the NBA's second-worst record. Kobe Bryant had 22 points and 13 assists as the Lakers clinched a playoff spot for the 29th time in the 31 years Jerry Buss has owned the team.

Pau Gasol had 17 points and 14 rebounds a day after missing practice because of tonsilitis.

-- MIke Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum has the upper hand for an offensive rebound in a battle with Minnesota power forward Kevin Love during the first half Friday night. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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