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March 14, 2013

Bryant out indefinitely after spraining left ankle

(Continued)

The teams don't face each other again in the regular season, having split their two meetings.

"Just move on to the next one," said Bryant, not exactly sure when that might be for him.

Asked if he thought Jones deliberately tried to injure him, Bryant hedged.

"I don't ever want to put that on somebody. I really don't," he said. "I just think players need to be made conscious of it. I think officials need to protect shooters.

"When I go to contest shots," he added, "I'm always conscious about making sure I don't walk underneath them. That's a very, very dangerous play. Especially if I'm fading away, there's no rhyme or reason why I should come down on somebody's foot."

Bryant remained down for a few seconds then hobbled to the bench accompanied by the trainer. He seemed perturbed when the officials explained he couldn't stay in since the Lakers were out of timeouts.

It didn't matter anyway when Korver knocked down both free throws.

The Hawks got contributions all around. Harris scored nine straight points in the fourth quarter to help the Hawks regain the upper hand after the Lakers went up 80-76. But the biggest basket was made by Johnson with the Hawks clinging to a three-point lead.

Horford drove along the baseline and missed the shot. But he hustled for the rebound and knocked it right to Johnson under the basket. He flipped in a reverse layup with 33.3 seconds remaining, pushing the Hawks ahead 92-87.

After the Lakers called a timeout, Horford gave Johnson a big hug on the way to the bench. Smith, in street clothes, mockingly threw punches at the burly forward.

But the Lakers had a chance. John Jenkins and Korver both missed free throws, and Bryant knocked down a turnaround 3-pointer off an inbound pass with Jones right in his face.

That turned out to be their last hurrah.

Now, all eyes turn to Bryant's left ankle.

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