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NBA: Bryant suffers 'probable' torn Achilles

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Kobe Bryant scored 34 points before leaving the game late in the fourth with a likely "torn Achilles" as the Los Angeles Lakers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 118-116 win over Golden State Friday.

Bryant said he felt a "pop" as he tried to beat Harrison Barnes to the outside with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter of a tight National Basketball Association contest.

"I felt like I got kicked. It is a move I make a million times and pop," Bryant said. "Just a freak situation I guess."

The Lakers issued a statement saying that Bryant had a "probable torn Achilles" which would mean an end to his season.

The all-star guard and future Hall of Famer went one further insisting he already knows the extent of the injury and is now looking at extensive rehab.

"I can't walk. I tried to put pressure on my heel see if I can do it that way and there is nothing there," Bryant said. "I had no Achilles, that is the sensation. MRI, surgery and then recovery.

"I never had to deal with something like this. It is a new experience for me."

The Lakers still managed to secure the victory at Staples Center arena without Bryant as Steve Blake made two free throws with 42 seconds remaining before they held off Golden State to stay in the hunt for a post-season spot.

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