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With Kobe out, Lakers reeling

LOS ANGELES —With Thursday's news that Kobe Bryant will miss six weeks with a fractured left knee, coach Mike D'Antoni faced questions about whether the Lakers allowed him to return too quickly from a torn Achilles tendon sustained last year.

"It could happen at any time," D'Antoni said of Bryant's latest injury. "There's always going to be a risk until he gets used to playing. That's just bad luck."

Bryant, 35, was hurt Tuesday, playing his fourth game in five nights. He slipped on a pivot.

The Lakers also announced that Steve Nash will be out for at least four more weeks with nerve root irritation, leaving Los Angeles without its top three point guards and Bryant — who filled in at point recently — for at least another week. Shooting guard Xavier Henry, who averages one assist per game, becomes the new starting point guard tonight against the Timberwolves. If the Lakers want to sign a point guard, free agent possibilities include Darius Morris, Chris Duhon and Leandro Barbosa.

"It's hard to get this type of news, especially when we've got already so many injuries, when we've been through so many injuries the year before," center Pau Gasol said. "It just keeps piling up. It's not the best thing for us, for sure, but we've just got to continue to go forward."

Thunder wins eighth straight: Kevin Durant scored 32 and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 for its eighth straight win. Russell Westbrook had 20 points and reserve Reggie Jackson added 18 to help Oklahoma City improve to 13-0 at Chesapeake Arena. The Thunder is the only team with a perfect home record. Joakim Noah had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the banged-up Bulls, who have lost four straight and seven of eight. Taj Gibson scored 16 and D.J. Augustin added 15. Chicago played without Kirk Hinrich (back tightness) and Luol Deng (sore Achilles), and Jimmy Butler left during the game with a right ankle injury.

Around the league: The Spurs sat Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker in Thursday's late game at the Warriors. Duncan and Ginobili were resting, and Parker has a bruised right shin. San Antonio started Patty Mills, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes. … LeBron James leads the league's list of top-selling jerseys, followed by Bryant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. … Bucks guard Carlos Delfino had a second surgery on his right foot and isn't sure if he will play this season. He was originally injured in May while with Houston.

Thunder 107, Bulls 95

CHICAGO (95): Dunleavy 4-12 0-0 11, Boozer 2-7 6-8 10, Noah 8-17 7-8 23, Augustin 5-10 2-2 15, Butler 0-2 3-7 3, Snell 4-15 0-0 10, Gibson 5-9 6-8 16, Teague 0-2 3-4 3, Mohammed 1-3 2-2 4, Murphy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-77 29-39 95.

OKLAHOMA CITY (107): Durant 13-20 2-2 32, Ibaka 2-4 0-0 5, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0, Westbrook 7-12 6-7 20, Sefolosha 4-11 1-2 10, Collison 4-6 1-1 9, Adams 1-4 2-2 4, Lamb 3-11 0-0 7, Jackson 8-12 0-0 18, Fisher 0-3 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Roberson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 43-84 12-14 107.

Chicago 24 28 20 23— 95

Oklahoma City 35 20 29 23— 107

3-Point GoalsChicago 8-29 (Augustin 3-7, Dunleavy 3-7, Snell 2-11, Teague 0-1, Gibson 0-1, Butler 0-2), Oklahoma City 9-15 (Durant 4-5, Jackson 2-2, Ibaka 1-1, Lamb 1-2, Sefolosha 1-4, Fisher 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 52 (Noah 12), Oklahoma City 49 (Durant 9). AssistsChicago 20 (Dunleavy 6), Oklahoma City 26 (Westbrook 10). Total FoulsChicago 16, Oklahoma City 27. TechnicalsDurant. A18,203.

With Kobe out, Lakers reeling 12/19/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 19, 2013 11:24pm]
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