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Lakers Xavier Henry cuts open head on fall, bleeds on court, gets 9 stitches, returns

Xavier Henry

Los Angeles Lakers’ Xavier Henry celebrates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. The Lakers won 116-103. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)



In the second quarter against the Spurs Friday, Lakers reserve and leading scorer Xavier Henry (yes, he leads then at 18 points a game through two) drove from the right wing, crashed to the floor upon landing and his head hit the knee of teammate Wes Johnson — and he ends up with a big cut.

The Lakers later reported it was a two-inch gash that required nine stitches to close.

But he was out for the second half, with a bandage and a compression cap on to hold it in place, and he played. Because that’s what hockey players... or some basketball players do.