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Another Cavs injury as Heat hits town

OOPS: The Magic’s Tobias Harris, right, fouls the Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi as he goes for a shot in Indiana’s win.

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OOPS: The Magic’s Tobias Harris, right, fouls the Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi as he goes for a shot in Indiana’s win.

CLEVELAND — Already missing an All-Star and their best big man, the Cavaliers have lost another key player to injury. Just in time to face the Heat.

Rookie guard Dion Waiters will miss at least one week with loose cartilage in his left knee and may need surgery, the team said Tuesday. The Cavs are already without Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and Anderson Varejao (quadriceps), and face history-chasing Miami tonight.

The Heat has won 23 straight games, the second-longest streak in NBA history. It is chasing the Lakers' record 33.

vaughn ejected, Magic falls: Magic coach Jacque Vaughn received two technicals for arguing with referee David Jones and earned his first career ejection in the third quarter of the Magic's 95-73 loss to the host Pacers. Orlando shot a season-worst 31.8 percent. Vaughn became upset when referees called Magic rookie Kyle O'Quinn for a technical foul along with a technical foul on Indiana's Roy Hibbert with Orlando trailing 58-44. "It's not a big deal," Vaughn said.

Around the league: Knicks All-Star center Tyson Chandler (bulging disc) is expected to miss about a week.

Pacers 95, Magic 73

ORLANDO (73): Harkless 4-12 1-2 10, Harris 3-13 0-2 6, Vucevic 4-12 1-4 9, Nelson 2-13 2-2 8, Afflalo 3-13 4-4 10, O'Quinn 0-2 2-2 2, Moore 4-7 0-0 8, Nicholson 4-8 0-0 8, Jones 1-1 1-1 3, Udrih 3-6 3-4 9, Lamb 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-88 14-21 73.

INDIANA (95): George 7-14 4-4 19, T.Hansbrough 4-14 6-7 14, Hibbert 3-8 3-3 9, Hill 6-11 0-0 14, Stephenson 1-5 2-2 4, Johnson 2-5 0-0 4, Pendergraph 2-6 0-0 4, Augustin 0-3 0-0 0, Mahinmi 3-5 3-4 9, Green 6-13 0-0 15, B.Hansbrough 0-1 2-2 2, Plumlee 0-2 1-2 1, Young 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-87 21-24 95.

Orlando 12 17 26 18— 73

Indiana 19 23 27 26— 95

3-Point GoalsOrlando 3-15 (Nelson 2-5, Harkless 1-2, Afflalo 0-2, Moore 0-2, Harris 0-4), Indiana 6-23 (Green 3-6, Hill 2-4, George 1-3, B.Hansbrough 0-1, Johnson 0-3, Augustin 0-3, Stephenson 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 53 (Vucevic 11), Indiana 70 (T.Hansbrough 14). AssistsOrlando 12 (Afflalo 3), Indiana 18 (Johnson 5). Total FoulsOrlando 22, Indiana 21. TechnicalsO'Quinn, Orlando Coach Vaughn 2, Hibbert. Ejected—Orlando Coach Vaughn.

Nuggets 114, Thunder 104

DENVER (114): Gallinari 4-17 3-4 13, Faried 5-7 3-4 13, Koufos 3-9 0-0 6, Lawson 8-13 7-7 25, Iguodala 5-14 0-0 10, Chandler 4-8 1-1 9, McGee 3-6 1-2 7, C.Brewer 5-11 1-2 11, A.Miller 6-11 8-9 20. Totals 43-96 24-29 114.

OKLAHOMA CITY (104): Durant 10-23 14-16 34, Ibaka 3-5 0-0 6, Perkins 2-4 0-0 4, Westbrook 10-21 5-7 25, Sefolosha 3-8 0-0 8, Collison 2-4 1-2 5, Martin 4-7 4-4 14, Fisher 0-4 0-0 0, R.Brewer 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 3-9 2-2 8, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Lamb 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-85 26-31 104.

Denver 26 39 24 25— 114

Oklahoma City 34 32 16 22— 104

3-Point GoalsDenver 4-21 (Lawson 2-5, Gallinari 2-8, A.Miller 0-1, C.Brewer 0-3, Iguodala 0-4), Oklahoma City 4-25 (Sefolosha 2-4, Martin 2-4, Fisher 0-3, Jackson 0-4, Westbrook 0-4, Durant 0-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 60 (Faried 15), Oklahoma City 51 (Perkins 11). AssistsDenver 23 (A.Miller 9), Oklahoma City 21 (Westbrook 6). Total FoulsDenver 23, Oklahoma City 24. TechnicalsDenver Coach Karl.

Bucks 102, Trail Blazers 95

PORTLAND (95): Batum 6-12 0-0 15, Aldridge 10-21 1-2 21, Hickson 3-8 2-2 8, Lillard 2-10 4-4 8, Matthews 10-20 1-3 28, Leonard 1-2 0-0 2, Maynor 0-3 0-0 0, Barton 0-2 2-2 2, Freeland 1-1 0-0 2, Babbitt 3-4 0-0 9. Totals 36-83 10-13 95.

MILWAUKEE (102): Daniels 2-3 0-0 4, Dalembert 8-14 0-0 16, Sanders 4-9 0-0 8, Jennings 9-20 2-2 24, Ellis 8-18 3-6 21, Dunleavy 4-9 0-0 9, Udoh 2-5 0-0 4, Redick 4-8 4-5 14, Ayon 1-1 0-0 2, I.Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Henson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-87 9-13 102.

Portland 23 8 26 38— 95

Milwaukee 27 31 19 25— 102

3-Point GoalsPortland 13-26 (Matthews 7-11, Babbitt 3-4, Batum 3-7, Lillard 0-4), Milwaukee 9-19 (Jennings 4-7, Redick 2-3, Ellis 2-4, Dunleavy 1-4, Daniels 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 48 (Aldridge 15), Milwaukee 51 (Sanders 13). AssistsPortland 24 (Lillard 11), Milwaukee 29 (Ellis 8). Total FoulsPortland 14, Milwaukee 12.

Another Cavs injury as Heat hits town 03/19/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:49am]

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