The Toronto Raptors' star was hurt during the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls and did not return.
"It's just sore," said Carter, moving with a noticeable limp. "I just knew that I couldn't get up and walk on it. Somebody needed to come get me."
Carter, who is averaging 27.5 points a game, shot an air ball on a fadeaway jumper. He felt a twitch while in the air and landed awkwardly 3:09 into the game.
Carter, who was scoreless at the time, was assisted off the court.
"I was stepping back to shoot and as I planted, the knee gave out," Carter said. "I knew something wasn't right. It's the top of my knee. ... I'm not worried about the next game. Health is first."
Doctors diagnosed it as "jumper's knee."
"It's another form of tendinitis," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "A lot of NBA players have it."
Carter trails Detroit's Jerry Stackhouse by one point per game on the scorer's list,
Carter won't travel with the team on the two-game road trip to Dallas on Tuesday night and Charlotte on Wednesday night. The Raptors listed him as day to day.
His franchise-record 145-game streak will end.
"It's hard to swallow," Carter said. "I've never missed a high school or college game, either."
"Vince is a big part of this team," Charles Oakley said. "We'll have to rally together."
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