Bryant injury silences Lakers celebrations.
The Los Angeles Lakers sealed a 118-116 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday, but the win was marred by the injury suffered by Kobe Bryant.
Bryant went down late in the fourth quarter clutching his left calf in apparent pain, and it was later revealed that he most likely had torn his Achilles tendon, with an MRI scan set to confirm the blow on Saturday.
The Mamba’s 34 points led the way for the Lakers, with Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol also instrumental in the win with 28 and 26 points each.
Despite maintaining their one-game advantage over the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final play-off spot in the Western Conference, the win was overshadowed by Bryant’s season-ending injury.
Meanwhile, Stephen Curry continued to prove why many regard him as one of the best shooters in the game, with a monster night. He ended the game with 47 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the narrow defeat.
The Lakers must now find a way without Bryant when they take on the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, while the Warriors are back in action on Monday when they prepare for the visit of Gregg Popovich’s men.