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Bryant's season ends with tear

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant limps off Friday after tearing his Achilles tendon. He will need 6 to 9 months to recover.

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The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant limps off Friday after tearing his Achilles tendon. He will need 6 to 9 months to recover.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant had surgery Saturday on his torn Achilles tendon, ending his season with two games left in the Lakers' playoff chase.

Team trainer Gary Vitti believes Bryant will need six to nine months to recover from the most serious injury of his 17-year NBA career. Given Bryant's history of swift recovery from minor injuries, Vitti and general manager Mitch Kupchak believe the 34-year-old guard could be back for the season opener in the fall.

"I think that's a realistic goal for him, based on what he was talking about (Saturday) morning," Kupchak said.

Bryant completely tore his left Achilles tendon late in a 118-116 win over Golden State late Friday, falling to the floor after pushing off his planted foot in an ordinary move toward the hoop. Although he stayed in to hit two tying free throws with 3:08 to play, Bryant's season was over.

Bryant's foot will be immobilized for about a month, followed by a lengthy rehabilitation. "He's already taken the challenge," Vitti said. "For us, it's going to be trying to slow him down."

The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history had logged heavy minutes, basically dictating his playing time while the Lakers chased a playoff spot this season. He has played far more minutes than any other NBA player older than 30.

Los Angeles (43-37), which hosts San Antonio today and Houston on Wednesday, is one game ahead of the Jazz (42-38) for the final postseason spot in the Western Conference. Utah holds the tiebreaker, which means the Lakers must finish one game ahead.

Bryant fought back tears in the locker room moments after learning his tendon was torn, and he wrote a lengthy Facebook post about his injury, saying his "frustration is unbearable."

"Now I'm supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??" he wrote.

He added: "Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me...Then again maybe not!"

Celtics rout Magic: Courtney Lee scored 20 as the Celtics cruised to a 120-88 victory over the host Magic on Saturday, locking up the seventh seed in the East playoff race. Tobias Harris led the Magic with 22 points.

Game highlights: The host Bobcats handed the Bucks their ninth straight road loss, 95-85, locking Milwaukee into eighth in the East. … Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 24 and the host Timberwolves beat the Suns 105-93 for coach Rick Adelman's 1,001st victory.

Around the league: Bulls guard Richard Hamilton was suspended one game without pay by the NBA for hitting Toronto's DeMar DeRozan in the face with an elbow Friday. He will miss today's game against the Heat.

Celtics 120, Magic 88

BOSTON (120): Green 6-17 3-5 17, Bass 6-7 2-2 14, Garnett 7-8 0-0 14, Bradley 5-9 2-2 14, Pierce 4-12 3-5 12, Randolph 0-0 0-0 0, Wilcox 2-2 0-0 4, Lee 7-10 3-4 20, Crawford 7-10 0-0 16, Williams 3-4 1-1 7, White 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 48-81 14-19 120.

ORLANDO (88): Harris 7-16 6-8 22, O'Quinn 2-10 0-0 4, Vucevic 8-14 0-0 16, Udrih 2-8 2-2 7, Harkless 5-14 2-2 12, Nicholson 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 5-9 0-0 11, Lamb 5-7 0-0 11, Jones 1-4 3-3 5. Totals 35-83 13-15 88.

Boston 23 34 28 35— 120

Orlando 17 20 27 24— 88

3-Point GoalsBoston 10-16 (Lee 3-3, Crawford 2-2, Green 2-3, Bradley 2-3, Pierce 1-5), Orlando 5-14 (Harris 2-4, Moore 1-2, Lamb 1-2, Udrih 1-2, Harkless 0-4). Fouled OutO'Quinn. ReboundsBoston 44 (Garnett 9), Orlando 44 (Vucevic 12). AssistsBoston 27 (Pierce 8), Orlando 23 (Udrih 8). Total FoulsBoston 15, Orlando 16. TechnicalsCrawford, Boston delay of game, Orlando defensive three second. A17,422.

Bobcats 95, Bucks 85

MILWAUKEE (85): Mbah a Moute 2-6 0-0 4, Ilyasova 4-10 0-0 10, Henson 4-7 0-0 8, Ellis 7-18 1-2 16, Redick 3-14 4-4 12, Udoh 0-1 1-2 1, Dunleavy 7-13 2-2 19, Smith 4-12 0-0 9, Ayon 3-6 0-2 6. Totals 34-87 8-12 85.

CHARLOTTE (95): Kidd-Gilchrist 2-7 3-4 7, McRoberts 7-9 4-4 18, Biyombo 6-9 1-5 13, Walker 7-18 5-6 21, Henderson 5-18 2-3 12, Adrien 2-4 2-2 6, Pargo 2-5 0-0 5, Taylor 4-5 0-0 9, Gordon 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 37-80 17-24 95.

Milwaukee 23 21 15 26— 85

Charlotte 24 25 27 19— 95

3-Point GoalsMil. 9-29 (Dunleavy 3-6, Ilyasova 2-3, Redick 2-11, Smith 1-4, Ellis 1-5), Cha. 4-9 (Walker 2-5, Taylor 1-1, Pargo 1-2, Adrien 0-1). Fouled OutSmith. ReboundsMil. 44 (Henson 11), Cha. 63 (Biyombo 17). AssistsMil. 23 (Smith 7), Cha. 23 (McRoberts 9). Total FoulsMil. 20, Cha. 18. A14,680.

Clippers 91, Grizzlies 87

L.A. CLIPPERS (91): Butler 0-2 0-0 0, Griffin 5-12 2-6 12, Jordan 8-13 0-0 16, Paul 6-14 1-2 13, Green 4-9 0-0 10, Crawford 2-7 4-4 9, Barnes 2-4 0-0 5, Bledsoe 3-10 2-2 9, Odom 3-4 1-2 7, Hollins 2-2 1-2 5, Hill 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 37-80 11-18 91.

MEMPHIS (87): Prince 5-10 0-0 13, Randolph 7-17 2-3 16, Gasol 7-14 4-4 18, Conley 4-11 3-5 12, Allen 3-7 1-4 7, Arthur 2-5 0-0 4, Bayless 3-10 1-1 8, Davis 0-1 1-2 1, Dooling 1-2 1-1 3, Pondexter 1-2 0-0 3, Daye 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 34-83 13-20 87.

L.A. Clippers 24 27 17 23— 91

Memphis 23 28 22 14— 87

3-Point GoalsClippers 6-16 (Green 2-4, Hill 1-1, Crawford 1-2, Bledsoe 1-2, Barnes 1-2, Odom 0-1, Butler 0-1, Paul 0-3), Memphis 6-13 (Prince 3-4, Conley 1-2, Pondexter 1-2, Bayless 1-3, Daye 0-1, Randolph 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsClippers 52 (Jordan 12), Memphis 54 (Gasol 15). AssistsClippers 18 (Paul 5), Memphis 19 (Gasol 7). Total FoulsClippers 20, Memphis 20. TechnicalsClippers defensive three second. A18,119.

Timberwolves 105, Suns 93

PHOENIX (93): Tucker 4-5 0-0 9, Mark.Morris 8-11 1-2 20, Scola 6-13 2-2 14, Dragic 4-11 2-4 10, W.Johnson 7-13 0-0 15, Dudley 5-11 5-6 16, Haddadi 0-1 0-0 0, Marc.Morris 1-3 0-0 3, Marshall 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 37-73 10-14 93.

MINNESOTA (105): Kirilenko 6-9 2-3 14, Williams 7-12 0-0 15, Cunningham 6-12 1-2 13, Rubio 8-18 7-7 24, Ridnour 3-8 5-5 12, Budinger 0-4 2-2 2, Shved 1-4 0-0 3, Barea 7-9 0-0 16, Stiemsma 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 41-83 17-19 105.

Phoenix 28 25 20 20— 93

Minnesota 22 28 27 28— 105

3-Point GoalsPho. 9-20 (Mark.Morris 3-4, Marshall 2-2, Tucker 1-1, Dudley 1-2, Marc.Morris 1-3, W.Johnson 1-4, Scola 0-1, Dragic 0-3), Min. 6-15 (Barea 2-3, Ridnour 1-1, Williams 1-2, Shved 1-2, Rubio 1-3, Kirilenko 0-2, Budinger 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPho. 45 (Mark.Morris, Scola 9), Min. 39 (Cunningham 8). AssistsPho. 28 (Dragic 14), Min. 19 (Rubio 10). Total FoulsPho. 22, Min. 14. TechnicalsMark.Morris. A16,701.

Bryant's season ends with tear 04/13/13 [Last modified: Sunday, April 14, 2013 1:01am]
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