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Andrew Bynum starts vs. Clippers

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing a game with a moderate sprain of his left ankle.

Bynum suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Lakers' 120-112 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, and sat out the Lakers' 91-87 win over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday.

Before the Clippers game, Bynum told reporters he would have to test his ankle on the court before making a final decision on whether or not to play. Lakers coach Mike Brown said the decision would come down to a consensus between Bynum, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti and the Lakers' doctors.

Before Tuesday, the 7-footer had played in every game this season after a four-game suspension to start the season. Bynum averaged only 51 games per season over the previous four seasons because of various injuries.

Bynum is enjoying a breakout season, averaging career highs in points (17.9) and rebounds (11.9) per game to go along with 2.0 blocks and the second best field goal percentage in the league (58.1 percent) and was named an All-Star for the first time in his seven-year career last month.

While Bynum's play has been unparalleled, his behavior has been troublesome. The Lakers recently fined Bynum for "numerous infractions," multiple sources confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Among the misdeeds was Bynum failing to report to a meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak after being benched during a game in Golden State last week for taking an ill-advised 3-point shot.