Bryant plays hurt
Kobe Bryant suffered a fractured finger on his shooting hand Friday night and still scored 20 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 104-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on the West Coast.
The win was the Lakers' 11th straight as they finished a cushy season-opening stretch with 17 of their first 21 games at home.
Bryant, who wore a splint on his index finger in the second half, hurt himself while reaching for a pass late in the first quarter.
He played through it briefly before leaving in the second quarter to get X-rays and a halftime splint. The break is not his first avulsion fracture, in which a small piece of bone tears away near a ligament or tendon.
Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal plans to travel with the team to Oklahoma City after leaving Friday night's game against Portland with a bruised left eye.
O'Neal is listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Thunder.
He got poked by Portland's Joel Przybilla while going up for a shot in the third quarter on Friday night. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic after the game for precautionary tests.
- Associated Press