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Lakers win, but likely lose Kobe

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

First Published Apr 13 2013 12:01 am • Last Updated Apr 13 2013 01:04 pm

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.

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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"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.

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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