Lakers' Brown suffers moderate sprains of left ankle, knee

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown was helped off the
court Sunday night after injuring his left leg in the first quarter
of a 106-78 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Lakers spokesman John Black said Brown sustained moderate
sprains of his left ankle and knee when Bulls center Ben Wallace
fell into him under the Los Angeles basket with 8:18 left in the
opening period.

Black said X-rays were negative, adding the Lakers would
probably have a better idea Monday about the severity of the

Kobe Bryant charged into Wallace while driving toward the basket
and passing underneath to Brown, who went down in a heap clutching
his left leg after the contact, which came as he was going up for a

Brown was averaging 4.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in his first six

Meanwhile, Luol Deng, the Bulls' second-leading
scorer, sat out because
of lower back pain.