NBA: Kevin Love's injury overshadows Kobe Bryant's Cleveland farewell

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24).
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles against Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24).PHOTO: REUTERS/ USA TODAY SPORTS

CLEVELAND (REUTERS) - Kevin Love's departure in the final minute of the second quarter with a left shoulder injury marred the Cleveland Cavaliers' 120-111 National Basketball Association victory over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Guard Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 35 points and LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who enter the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak and focused on the health of their power forward.

Bryant's arm seemed to catch Love's shoulder when Love was backing him down on a shot in the post.

Love yelled in pain and headed for the bench with 45 seconds left in the second quarter, then walked immediately to the locker room with the left arm dangling. It is the same shoulder he had surgically repaired last spring after he dislocated it in a playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Love needed six months to recover from his last shoulder surgery, returning late in the preseason, although one source with knowledge of this injury said the team were being overly cautious and it doesn't appear to be as serious.