Xavier Henry, who was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Thursday, recorded 15 points, three rebounds and four steals in 23 minutes. The D-Fenders, however, lost to the Texas Legends 121-103.
Henry had been sidelined nearly two months because of a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus. He suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Lakers-Sixers game on Dec. 29 at STAPLES Center four minutes into the contest.
The Kansas product had his knee drained of fluid and received a cortisone shot on Feb. 12. He was evaluated during the Lakers-Celtics game on Feb. 21 and was cleared to practice, just not 5-on-5 contact. He had been working out with the team and with the training staff, but this was his first game action since first injuring the knee.
The Lakers host the Sacramento Kings on Friday at 7:30 p.m. PT, while the D-Fenders face the Texas Legends again on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. PT.