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Lakers win, but likely lose Kobe
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, puts up a shot as Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli, of Nigeria, defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant grimaces after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant puts his head in his hands after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant grimaces after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant walks off the court after being injured as actor Jack Nicholson, second from left, looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, center, is consoled by forward Metta World Peace, right, as head coach Mike D'Antoni looks on after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, center, of Spain, puts up a shot as Golden State Warriors guard Jarrett Jack, below, and forward Carl Landry defend during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant grimaces after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake, right, tries to pass the ball as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry defends during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, second from right, looks up sat Pau Gasol, of Spain, and guard Jodie Meeks, right, after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake defends during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, center, puts up a shot as Golden State Warriors forward David Lee, right, defends and guard Jarrett Jack looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, goes up for a shot as Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake defends during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, second from right, looks on as guard Steve Blake, left, Pau Gasol, second from left, of Spain and guard Jodie Meeks look on after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant grimaces after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, is helped off the court by forward Pau Gasol, of Spain, after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, second from right, looks on as guard Steve Blake, left, Pau Gasol, second from left, of Spain and guard Jodie Meeks look on after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, is helped off the court by forward Pau Gasol, of Spain, after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, is looked after by trainer Gary Vitti after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, is helped off the court by forward Pau Gasol, of Spain, after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, is helped off the court by forward Pau Gasol, of Spain, after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, is consoled by forward Metta World Peace after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, center, is helped off the court by forward Pau Gasol, of Spain, as forward Earl Clark looks on after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, of Spain,, second from right, jumps into the arms of Robert Sacre, as guard Steve Blake is congratulated by Chris Duhon after they defeated the Golden State Warriors in their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts  after hitting a three point shot during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts  after hitting a three point shot during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, drives past Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, drives past Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, shoots over Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Golden State Warriors forward Carl Landry, left, and Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, of Spain, battle for a rebound during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, puts up a shot as Golden State Warriors forward David Lee, left, and forward Harrison Barnes defend during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, and forward Pau Gasol, of Spain, high five as guard Kobe Bryant, right, looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots a free throw during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, center, puts up a shot as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, defends as guard Steve Blake looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actor Jack Nicholson looks on as he watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, puts his head in his hands as trainer Gary Vitti looks on after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks on as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry walks in the background during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant puts his head in his hands after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, right, puts up a shot as Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli, of Nigeria, defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Golden State Warriors forward Andris Biedrins, below, of Latvia, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, left, of Spain, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reach for a rebound during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, center, is consoled by forward Metta World Peace, right, as head coach Mike D'Antoni looks on after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 118-116. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Kobe Bryant scored 34 points while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied in the final minutes without him to stay in the playoff picture with a 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Immediately after the game, the Lakers announced Bryant probably had a torn tendon. He will have an MRI exam Saturday, but Bryant knows the injury is likely to end his season.

“I can’t walk,” Bryant said. “I tried to maybe put pressure on my heel, but there was nothing there.”

The fifth-leading scorer in NBA history stayed in the game until 3:06 remained despite obvious mobility limitations and two lengthy breaks to walk off an injury from early in the second half. Bryant apparently hyperextended his knee before tearing his tendon later in the half.

Stephen Curry scored 47 points in a dynamic performance for the Warriors, but Los Angeles played just enough late defense to hang on for a crucial win.

It wasn’t immediately clear when Bryant apparently tore his tendon. He went down in a heap under the basket early in the third quarter, rolling on the ground after hyperextending his knee.

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Bryant stayed in the game and hit two free throws, but the Warriors began a steady run to a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter. He needed a few more breaks to rest his legs, but the severe injury apparently didn’t happen until the final minutes.

Los Angeles (43-37) stayed one game ahead of Utah (42-38) for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference with two games to go. The Jazz hold the tiebreaker.

Pau Gasol had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his sixth career triple-double. Dwight Howard added 28 points and seven rebounds, capping a competent 14-for-22 effort at the free-throw line with one last point with 1.5 seconds left.

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Team says veteran guard probably tore a tendon and could miss rest of season.

At a glance

Lakers 118, Warriors 116

FG FT Reb

G.S. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Barnes 29:05 1-6 2-2 2-6 0 2 4

Lee 42:43 8-12 3-4 2-8 2 4 19

Ezeli 16:16 2-3 0-0 4-7 0 6 4

Curry 44:17 17-31 4-4 3-6 9 3 47

Thmpsn 43:02 10-24 3-4 0-2 7 5 25

Biedrins 8:42 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 5 0

Landry 28:24 5-12 1-2 2-5 1 5 11

Jack 27:31 3-9 0-0 1-8 5 3 6

Totals 240:00 46-97 13-16 15-44 25 33 116

Percentages: FG .474, FT .813. 3-Point Goals: 11-26, .423 (Curry 9-15, Thompson 2-7, Jack 0-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 8 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Biedrins, Ezeli, Landry, Lee). Turnovers: 8 (Jack 3, Landry 2, Biedrins, Curry, Thompson). Steals: 7 (Curry 3, Thompson 2, Biedrins, Lee). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

L.A.L. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Clark 25:57 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 6

Gasol 37:27 9-13 8-8 1-11 10 0 26

Howard 38:04 7-8 14-22 1-7 1 5 28

Blake 36:40 4-9 2-2 0-3 5 4 14

Bryant 44:54 9-21 12-16 0-5 4 3 34

Jamison 10:53 0-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 0

Meeks 21:56 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 2 3

W. Peace 24:09 2-5 2-2 0-6 0 2 7

Totals 240:00 34-66 38-50 3-36 22 17 118

Percentages: FG .515, FT .760. 3-Point Goals: 12-25, .480 (Blake 4-8, Bryant 4-8, Clark 2-3, Meeks 1-2, World Peace 1-3, Jamison 0-1). Team Rebounds: 15. Team Turnovers: 12 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Clark, Howard). Turnovers: 12 (Bryant 5, Gasol 5, Howard 2). Steals: 2 (Clark, Jamison). Technical Fouls: None.

Golden State 32 25 33 26 — 116

L.A. Lakers 26 31 28 33 — 118

Attendance » 18,997

Time » 2:24.

Officials » Monty McCutchen, Bennie Adams, Kevin Cutler.

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