INGLEWOOD, CALIF., FEB. 4 -- Magic Johnson was released from Centinela Hospital Medical Center today and is expected to play Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Lakers try to extend their winning streak to 16 games.
"All tests were negative and he has permission to resume practice and playing," said team doctor Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. "However, we will continue to monitor his progress."
Johnson was knocked unconscious and suffered a mild concussion near the end of the third quarter of Sunday's 99-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls, extending the Lakers' winning streak to 15 games.
He suffered a slight concussion and a touch of amnesia and was taken to Centinela, where he spent the night for observation.
Johnson was backpedaling down the floor when he bumped into teammate Terry Teagle and fell backward. Lying on the floor, he was inadvertently kicked in the back of the head by Chicago's Horace Grant, who was driving for a layup.
Johnson was flat on his back for about five minutes, and was said to have been unconscious for at most one minute.
He left the Forum under his own power and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The Lakers will go for their 16th straight victory against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Forum. The 15 straight victories ate the most in the NBA this season and tie the second-longest streak in franchise history -- the 1987-88 team also won 15 in a row.
The Lakers have a long way to go to equal their NBA and team record of 33 straight victories during the 1971-72 season.