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Lakers' Andrew Bynum has 'sore' knee after feeling a 'twinge' during game

December 19, 2010 |  1:57 pm

Lakers center Andrew Bynum played his best game since he returned from a right knee injury that kept him out of the first 24 regular-season games, but he did have a scary moment that left his knee "sore" after he felt a "twinge" in it during the game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Bynum finished with 16 points on four-for-six shooting, eight-for-10 from the free-throw line.

He also had seven rebounds.

But after Bynum missed a left-handed hook, got the rebound and scored on a put-back with 5:27 left in a game the Lakers won, 120-110, he felt pain in the right knee he had surgery on last summer.

"Actually, my knee is a little bit sore today," Bynum said. "I kind of felt a little bit of a twinge when I double jumped when I missed the layup and I went back up with the rebound. But it will be all right. There is no swelling. I'll just ice it all the way home and it should be good."

The Lakers left Toronto after the game and were flying back to Los Angeles, expecting to land sometime Sunday night.

Bynum, who had successful arthroscopic surgery for a torn cartilage in his right knee, said he wasn't nervous about the pain in his knee.

"I have to live with it," Bynum said. "It's not going to change. So, there's nothing to be nervous about now. You just have to expect that that's going to happen. But I can't wait to start working with my trainer when we get back home so I can get a little bit of my explosion back. I feel like I can't really jump right now...As of right now, I feel like I'm kind of glued to the floor."

 -- Broderick Turner, reporting from Toronto