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Knick's punch hurts self

ALL TIED UP: The Pacers’ George Hill handles the ball under pressure during his team’s Game 2 victory over the Magic, tying the series 1-1.

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ALL TIED UP: The Pacers’ George Hill handles the ball under pressure during his team’s Game 2 victory over the Magic, tying the series 1-1.

MIAMI — The Knicks-Heat series took a bizarre turn after Game 2 Monday night when Amare Stoudemire punched a glass fire extinguisher case in frustration outside the locker room at AmericanAirlines Arena and left with his left hand heavily bandaged and his arm in a sling.

He severely cut his hand and his status for the rest of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals was in doubt.

The incident happened shortly after Miami won 104-94 to take a 2-0 series lead.

Media members were prevented by security officials from speaking to Stoudemire as he headed for the team bus. The Knicks said his status would be evaluated upon their return to New York.

The team's locker room was closed for about 40 minutes after the game — four times longer than usual — and paramedics were seen leaving the room after treating Stoudemire. Both the Knicks and Heat doctors also worked on Stoudemire.

His teammates did not sound optimistic that he will play Thursday in Game 3 in New York.

"We just know right now that he has a laceration and he's probably going to be out," Tyson Chandler said. "It's tough, obviously. Amare is a huge part of this team. Without him, it's going to make it more difficult."

Dwyane Wade had 25 points and Chris Bosh scored 21 for the Heat, but their night was completely overshadowed by the Stoudemire incident, in the hallway that's just a few steps from the edge of the court.

"Your emotions run high," Chandler said. "Split-second decisions can obviously alter things and you can't fault anybody. Amare is a person that has high emotions at times, so one quick decision-making mistake and now you've got to deal with the repercussions."

NEW YORK (94): C.Anthony 12-26 6-9 30, Stoudemire 6-9 6-9 18, Chandler 6-8 1-1 13, Davis 5-8 0-0 12, Fields 1-5 0-0 2, Bibby 1-3 0-0 3, Smith 6-11 0-0 13, Novak 1-3 0-0 3, Jeffries 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 38-77 13-19 94.

MIAMI (104): James 8-18 3-7 19, Haslem 0-2 1-2 1, Bosh 7-12 6-8 21, Chalmers 4-10 3-4 13, Wade 11-18 3-3 25, Miller 3-5 2-2 11, J.Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Battier 4-6 0-0 11, Cole 1-1 0-0 2, Jones 0-1 1-1 1. Totals 38-73 19-27 104.

New York 24 23 22 25— 94

Miami 27 26 25 26— 104

3-Point GoalsNew York 5-15 (Davis 2-3, Bibby 1-2, Novak 1-3, Smith 1-3, Fields 0-1, C.Anthony 0-3), Miami 9-21 (Battier 3-5, Miller 3-5, Chalmers 2-5, Bosh 1-1, Jones 0-1, Wade 0-1, James 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 48 (C.Anthony 9), Miami 40 (Haslem 8). AssistsNew York 15 (Davis 6), Miami 28 (James 9). Total FoulsNew York 22, Miami 17. TechnicalsChandler, Miami defensive three second. A19,684 (19,600).

Magic loses, series tied

INDIANAPOLIS — The challenge before the Pacers wasn't about game plans, execution or matchups.

It was simply about toughness.

An Orlando team without its top rebounder, injured All-Star center Dwight Howard, dominated the boards in the first half to take a two-point lead. The heavily favored Pacers, trailing 1-0 in the series, stewed in their locker room.

"No one liked the way we were playing," Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough said. "I didn't think we were playing with energy or aggressive enough."

The Pacers responded, asserting control inside during the second half of a 93-78 win in Game 2 of the East series. Indiana grabbed 12 of the first 13 rebounds in the third quarter and had a 26-13 edge in the second half.

The Magic had no choice but to concede that it was outhustled.

"In the third quarter, they just kicked our butts," Orlando center Glen Davis said. "They got every loose ball."

Indiana held the Magic to 36 percent shooting overall. Indiana has held the Magic below 40 percent shooting in both games.

ORLANDO (78): Turkoglu 4-11 0-0 10, Anderson 3-9 2-2 11, Davis 5-16 8-10 18, Nelson 4-13 4-5 12, J.Richardson 1-5 0-0 2, Q.Richardson 1-3 0-0 3, Redick 5-12 2-2 13, Duhon 1-2 0-0 3, Clark 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 27-76 16-19 78.

INDIANA (93): Granger 7-21 3-3 18, West 5-14 8-10 18, Hibbert 2-5 0-0 4, Hill 6-10 5-6 18, George 7-10 3-3 17, Barbosa 4-10 2-2 10, Amundson 0-0 2-2 2, Collison 1-2 0-0 2, Hansbrough 1-5 2-2 4. Totals 33-77 25-28 93.

Orlando 21 23 13 21— 78

Indiana 24 18 30 21— 93

3-Point GoalsOrlando 8-25 (Anderson 3-8, Turkoglu 2-4, Duhon 1-1, Q.Richardson 1-2, Redick 1-5, J.Richardson 0-2, Nelson 0-3), Indiana 2-20 (Hill 1-3, Granger 1-10, George 0-2, Barbosa 0-5). Fouled OutAnderson. ReboundsOrlando 44 (Davis 10), Indiana 55 (Hibbert 13). AssistsOrlando 16 (Nelson, Redick, J.Richardson 3), Indiana 9 (West 4). Total FoulsOrlando 20, Indiana 17. A18,165 (18,165).

Celtic Rondo suspended

ATLANTA — Rajon Rondo lost control in the final minute of Game 1, and as a result will miss tonight's Game 2 against the Hawks. Rondo stuck out his chest to bump referee Marc Davis while disputing a foul call with 41 seconds left in Boston's loss on Sunday. "Rondo is an emotional player. … I like his fire, but sometimes he burns you," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said during practice.

JURISPRUDENCE: Lakers reserve forward Jordan Hill, accused of choking a girlfriend, was charged with a third-degree felony and was expected to appear soon in a Houston court. It was unclear when he would have to answer in person to the charges.

BOBCATS: The team decided not to renew coach Paul Silas' contract after finishing 7-59 this season for the worst winning percentage in league history (.106). Silas, 68, said he was not surprised by the decision.

Knick's punch hurts self 05/01/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 1:28am]

    

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