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03/25/2011 04:47 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

David West Injured: Hornets Forward Injures Knee, Leaves Game In Wheelchair (VIDEO)

UPDATE: David West is out for the season with a "torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee," according to Yahoo! Sports.

With the Hornets down 103-101 and just 25 seconds left in the game on Thursday night, New Orleans' David West drove to the basket for a dunk and landed awkwardly on his left leg.

Even though West finished the dunk, his knee appeared to buckle under him as he hit the floor. The 30-year-old started writhing in pain and was eventually taken off the court in a wheelchair.

According to Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune, the Hornets said that West suffered "left knee trauma" and X-rays were negative.

West was laid out on a training table in the dressing room, his knee encased in ice, in obvious pain, his face covered by a towel. A large immobilizing splint and a pair of crutches were brought into the locker room.


Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake City Tribune
tweeted that Utah's Al Jefferson said that he thinks West's injury is major and compared it to when he tore his ACL in Minnesota.

The Hornets went on to win 121-117 in overtime. Scroll down to watch the video.

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