Bryant sprains ankle in closing seconds of loss

Associated Press
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant lays on the floor after being injured in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Atlanta. The Hawks defeated the Lakers 96-92.  (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Los Angeles star Kobe Bryant severely sprained his left ankle after missing a game-tying shot in the closing seconds of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Lakers said he's out indefinitely, just as the team is pushing for a playoff spot after a miserable start.

The injury occurred Wednesday night after Bryant put up the baseline jumper with 3 seconds remaining. His left foot landed on defender Dahntay Jones' right foot, twisting awkwardly as Bryant crumpled to the court.

He remained down for a few seconds, then hobbled to the bench. Bryant seemed perturbed that he couldn't stay in the game, but he had to come out since the Lakers had no timeouts. Kyle Korver hit two free throws to clinch Atlanta's 96-92 win.

X-rays were negative.

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