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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Heat grab 2-0 lead on Knicks; Amare injured after game
MIAMI — Drops of blood stained the carpet leading up to the back entrance of the New York Knicks' locker room.
The glass portion of a nearby fire-extinguisher case was quickly replaced. And Amare Stoudemire needed doctors and paramedics to treat a postgame cut on his left hand.
Game 2 probably wasn't all the Knicks lost in Miami on Monday night.
Stoudemire left the building with his arm in a sling and what appeared to be a bulky wrap over his left hand, long after the Heat took control of the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series with a 104-94 win over the Knicks, going up 2-0 in the matchup.
It resumes Thursday in New York, and although the Knicks were saying nothing for certain, it seems most unlikely that Stoudemire would be able to play.
"I really don't know what's the situation with that," said Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who said he was "on the court" when whatever happened with Stoudemire occurred.
Knicks center Tyson Chandler said he did not expect Stoudemire to play Game 3. An update from the Knicks said, "Extent of injury is unknown at this time."
Dwyane Wade scored 25 points, Chris Bosh added 21 and LeBron James finished with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Heat, but their night was completely overshadowed by whatever went on with Stoudemire in the hallway that's just a few steps from the edge of the court.
"You never want to hear anyone gets hurt," Wade said. "Hopefully he gets better. We want all their guns on the court."
Everything the Heat did seemed like old news quickly after the game, when all anyone really wanted to talk about was what was going on in the Knicks locker room.
Miami-Dade paramedics — who staff every game — were summoned while reporters were kept outside much longer than the typical 10-minute cooling-off period.
"We're all frustrated," Chandler said.
Stoudemire declined to say anything when he walked out of the shower area in the locker room, one towel around his waist, another shielding his left hand, which he held elevated as he slipped into the privacy of the training room, which is off-limits to basically everyone but team personnel.
Almost forgotten: Miami had just sent New York to its NBA-record-tying 12th straight postseason loss.
"This is a series," Chandler said. "We've got to go home win the next two and turn it into a best-of-three after that."
Anthony scored 30 points on 12-for-26 shooting for New York, which got 18 points from Stoudemire and 13 apiece from Chandler and J.R. Smith. The only other team to lose 12 straight playoff games is the Memphis Grizzlies, who dropped their first dozen postseason contests from 2004 through 2006.
Thunder 102, Mavericks 99
In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the Thunder took a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Durant hit two free throws with 50.4 seconds left to give Oklahoma City a 98-97 lead, and James Harden hit four more foul shots to close it out for the Thunder.
Jason Terry missed two 3-point attempts from the left wing in the final 5 seconds that could have tied it.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 31 points and Shawn Marion scored 15. The Mavericks led in the closing minutes of both road games but couldn't even manage a split.
Pacers 93, Magic 78
In Indianapolis, David West had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Indiana even the Eastern Conference first-round series at one game apiece.
Danny Granger and George Hill each added 18 points and Paul George had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers.
Glen Davis led the Magic with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but he shot 5-for-16 from the field. J.J. Redick scored 13 points and Jameer Nelson added 12 for Orlando.
The Pacers were heavy favorites in the series because Dwight Howard, Orlando's All-Star center, is out with a back injury.
Bobcats boot Silas
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA — Paul Silas is out as Charlotte Bobcats coach after the worst season in NBA history.
Silas just completed the final year of his contract and the decision was made not to bring him back after Charlotte finished 7-59 for the worst winning percentage in league history (.106).
"We have been talking internally about what is best for us going forward," Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said at a news conference Monday. "The record speaks for itself. When you look at the youthfulness of this roster, we just all felt collectively that change was something we wanted to do at this time."
The 68-year-old Silas said late in the year he wanted to "see things through" and coach one more season.