Kobe Bryant is expected to miss about six weeks with an injured left knee, the second major injury setback of the year to the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar guard.An MRI Thursday revealed Bryant has a fracture in his lateral tibial plateau — the top of his shinbone near his knee.Bryant made his season debut with the Lakers Dec. 8 after nearly eight months away while recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon. He apparently was hurt again Tuesday night in Memphis while playing his fourth game in five nights.After playing six games in 10 days, the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history is out again, until February or longer.
Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, Ray Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with just under a minute left and the Heat erased a 15-point deficit in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers, 97-94, Wednesday night in Miami. LeBron James scored 24 on a bad left ankle for the Heat, who closed within a game of the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers. Chris Bosh added 15 points for Miami, including a 3 that tied it late in the fourth. James set up Allen for the 3 that put Miami in front for good with 59.5 seconds left, capping a 10-0 run. Paul George scored 25 points but missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with 4 seconds left.
Josh Smith had 30 points, Greg Monroe finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss Monday, stunning the Pacers, 101-96. The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ending a six-game skid in the series and a nine-game losing streak on the Pacers home court. Lance Stephenson had a season high 23 points while Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), which was 11-0 at home coming into the game. Oklahoma City is the only NBA team unbeaten at home. Detroit held a 55-40 rebounding edge and outscored the Pacers in the paint.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 27 points, hitting 11 of 15 free throws, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 115-92 Monday night, 48 hours after completing a seven-game road trip.