Bryant leaves early, but Lakers beat Pacers 99-93

Updated: March 16, 2013, 4:06 AM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- When Kobe Bryant's playing days end, perhaps he has a future in coaching.

If the transition goes as smoothly as it did Friday night, nobody will quibble.

After hobbling around on a severely sprained left ankle for one quarter, Bryant took himself out of the game and made sure he was the most valuable player on the Lakers' bench.

He exhorted his teammates to play hard, to read the defense and to take advantage of any openings they found against Indiana. He diagrammed ...

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