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Malone plays 39 minutes despite injury

Updated: June 9, 2004, 1:32 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Lakers forward Karl Malone sprained his right knee early in Los Angeles' 99-91 overtime victory in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, but played 39 minutes anyway.

Malone missed 39 games during the regular season with the same sprain of his medial collateral ligament. He had nine points and nine rebounds, improving on his four-point performance in the series opener.

Team spokesman John Black said Malone was day-to-day, but the second-leading ...

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