LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant pushed his fraying body and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates relentlessly through the second half of a vital game until he felt a searing pain in his left heel.
Bryant's Achilles' tendon apparently is torn. His season likely is over.
And though the Lakers held on to beat Golden State, Bryant thinks they'll have to continue their playoff chase without their leader.
Bryant scored 34 points while playing much of the second half in obvious pain with an injured left leg, eventually leaving with 3:06 to play as the Lakers overcame 47 points from Stephen Curry to win 118-116 over the Warriors on Friday.
Bryant hyperextended his left knee early in the half, but didn't come out while the Lakers chased a victory they needed to stay one game ahead of Utah for the eighth playoff spot in the West.
Immediately after the game, the Lakers announced Bryant probably had a torn tendon. He will have an MRI exam today, but Bryant knows the injury is likely to end his season.
Bryant called it the most disappointing injury of his career "by far. We worked so hard to put ourselves in position and control our fate."