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Farmar, Lakers keep Bobcats winless in preseason despite Bryant's injury

SAN DIEGO -- Kobe Bryant injured his right knee in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 102-98 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night and did not return to the preseason game.

Jordan Farmar came off the bench and scored 15 of his 17 points in the final quarter as Los Angeles (3-2) kept Charlotte (0-7) winless.

The extent of Bryant's injury is not known. The Lakers said that last season's NBA Most Valuable Player will be re-examined on Wednesday.

Bryant was injured with 3:08 left in the second quarter under the Lakers' basket when he jumped for a rebound. Bryant motioned to the bench to come out and coach Phil Jackson called a 20-second timeout as Bryant limped off the floor.

Bryant scored four points in 14 minutes and came out in street clothes for the third quarter.

Andrew Bynum scored 16 points, Trevor Ariza added 14. Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher scored 12 points apiece for the Lakers in limited playing time.

Jason Richardson and Gerald Wallace each had 16 points for the Bobcats, who close out their preseason schedule on Thursday against the Lakers.