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Lakers' Bryant injures right index finger

Updated: December 12, 2009, 1:44 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant has returned to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup after spending part of the second quarter in the locker room with a small break in his finger.

The Lakers said Bryant has an avulsion fracture, in which a tiny fragment of bone tears away near a tendon or ligament.

Bryant hurt the top joint on the index finger on his right hand while reaching for a pass along with Minnesota's Ryan Gomes late in the first quarter of the Lakers' game against the Timberwolves.

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