MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kobe Bryant has a bone spur in his left foot, and used a crutch to leave the arena after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 113-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.
The Lakers revealed the injury after the game. Bryant left using one crutch, but appeared to be walking without pain. He played 36½ minutes and led the Lakers with 30 points, leaving him four points behind Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fourth place on the NBA’s career list.
The Lakers are eighth in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Utah for the final playoff spot.
Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter for the Bucks. Sanders was 8 of 11 from the floor and had 13 rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings each had 20 points, Monta Ellis added 18, and Marquis Daniels had 16 to help the Bucks snap a four-game losing streak.
Milwaukee is eighth in the Eastern Conference, seven games ahead of Philadelphia for the final spot.
Dwight Howard had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, and Steve Nash scored 16 points.
PACERS 103, MAVERICKS 78
DALLAS (AP) — Paul George had 24 points and eight rebounds and Indiana broke open a close game in the third quarter to beat Dallas.
George scored 13 points in the third, including eight in a 20-5 run that broke a tie game at halftime.
The Central Division-leading Pacers won their fourth straight and have a half-game lead for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points for Dallas, which remained 1½ games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
KINGS 117, SUNS 103
PHOENIX (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 consecutive points in the first half and finished with 34 in Sacramento’s victory over Phoenix.
Cousins also had 14 rebounds while playing only the first three quarters. Isaiah Thomas added 23 points and eight assists to help the Kings win for only the second time in their past 14 games in Phoenix.
Luis Scola led the Suns with 25 points, P.J. Tucker had a career-high 18, and Michael Beasley added 14 points and eight rebounds. Phoenix, resting point guard Goran Dragic for the second straight game, has lost five straight, nine of 10 and 11 of its past 13.