Bobcats' Wallace leaves game with knee injury

Updated: January 20, 2006, 10:51 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Bobcats leading scorer Gerald Wallace injured his left knee in the third quarter of Friday's game against Orlando and did not return.

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Wallace came down awkwardly on the knee after being fouled by Tony Battie with 5:50 left in the quarter. He crumpled in pain near the foul line and was down for several minutes. He was eventually helped to the locker room without putting any pressure on his left leg.

A team official said Wallace, who had scored 12 points, sprained his left knee.

Wallace, who came into the game averaging 14.6 points and 7.0 rebounds, also leads the NBA with 2.5 steals per game.

It was another in a series of injuries for the Bobcats, who were without starters Emeka Okafor (ankle) and Kareem Rush (finger) Friday, along with reserves Melvin Ely (ankle) and Sean May (knee surgery).


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