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Malone fouled hard in first quarter

Updated: December 31, 2003, 7:19 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Karl Malone sprained his right knee in the opening minutes of Sunday night's game against the Phoenix Suns, causing him to leave the game for good.

With the Lakers trailing 9-2, Malone fell to the floor and grabbed his knee after being fouled by Scott Williams.

After a brief delay, Malone made one of two free throws before leaving the game 10 seconds later and walking to the Lakers' locker room.

A team spokesman said X-rays didn't reveal ...

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