First quarter: Lakers 26, Bobcats 23

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ron Artest joined the list of Lakers with finger/thumb/hand injuries when he suffered a sprained left thumb during Thursday’s overtime loss to the Miami Heat. He was in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats and had two points,one rebound and three assists in the first quarter. Shannon Brown, Kobe Bryant and Jordan Farmar also have had finger/thumb/hand injuries this season. Andrew Bynum scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Lakers in the first quarter.

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