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Kobe Bryant injured ankle late

April 24, 2011 |  9:15 pm

Lk6zstnc Kobe Bryant stumbled while trying to defend Willie Green and wound up twisting his left ankle.

Bryant was called for a foul on Green.

Bryant didn't want to leave, but did with 1:32 left while Green made one of two free throws for an 86-82 Hornets lead. Shannon Brown came in for Bryant.

But after Lakers Coach Phil  Jackson called a timeout, Bryant was back on the court.

Bryant drove to the basket and passed to Pau Gasol, who fumbled the ball way.

Chris Paul got the ball and was fouled.

Paul made both free throws for an 88-84 Hornets lead with 1:12 left.

-- Broderick Turner, reporting from New Orleans

Photo: Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) tries to walk off an injured ankle during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of the first round of the 2011 NBA playoffs against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena Sunday. Credit: Derick E. Hingle / US Presswire