The New York Knicks lost their record-tying 12th straight National Basketball Association playoff game and now may be without Amar’e Stoudemire, who cut his left hand following last night’s defeat in Miami.
The Heat beat the Knicks 104-94 behind 25 points from Dwyane Wade to open a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series. Stoudemire was injured when he apparently punched a fire extinguisher case in frustration.
Stoudemire, the Knicks’ second-leading scorer, left AmericanAirlines Arena with his arm in a sling. His status isn’t known, coach Mike Woodson said. TNT Sports, which showed video of paramedics entering and leaving the Knicks’ locker room, reported that Stoudemire may have received stitches.
“Amar’e is a huge part of this team,” Knicks center Tyson Chandler told reporters afterwards. “Without him, it’s going to make it more difficult. It’s tough. Your emotions run high and split-second decisions can alter things. Now you’ve got to deal with the repercussions.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 102-99 to take a 2-0 lead against the defending NBA champions, while the Indiana Pacers defeated the Orlando Magic 93-78 to even their playoff series 1-1.
The Chicago Bulls host the Philadelphia 76ers tonight, while the Boston Celtics visit the Atlanta Hawks and the Los Angeles Lakers are home to the Denver Nuggets. The home team is up 1-0 in all three series.
Back to New York
The Knicks, who haven’t won a playoff game since the 2000-01 postseason, return to New York for the next two games in their Eastern Conference series, including Game 3 on May 3.
The Heat, the No. 2 seed in the East, lost 10 of their final 15 regular-season road games.
“Now we’ve got to see what we’re made of at home,” Woodson said at a news conference. He didn’t give any further details on the incident involving Stoudemire.
“He has a cut, that’s all I know at this point,” he said. “How severe it is, I don’t know.”
Stoudemire apologized on his Twitter account, though he didn’t indicate whether he’d miss any time.
“I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team,” Stoudemire wrote. “Not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start.”
The Heat, coming off a 33-point Game 1 victory, opened a six-point halftime lead last night and extended their advantage to as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh added 21 points, while LeBron James had 19 points and nine assists.
Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points to lead the Knicks and Stoudemire had 18 points. Stoudemire will probably undergo further tests today to determine the extent of the injury. TNT reported that he suffered a significant laceration.
“You never want to hear about someone getting hurt,” Wade said. “We want all their guns on the court to make sure we all bring our best.”
The Heat have a 6-0 record when leading 2-0 in a best-of-seven NBA playoff series.
The Thunder won their second straight game at home behind 29 points from Russell Westbrook and 26 from Kevin Durant.
Oklahoma City hit six straight free throws in the closing minute and withstood two 3-point attempts by the Mavericks’ Jason Terry in the final four seconds.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points for the Mavericks, who will host Game 3 on May 3.
The Pacers rebounded from their Game 1 loss at home by outscoring the Magic 30-13 in the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
David West, Danny Granger and George Hill each scored 18 points for the Pacers, while Paul George had 17 points. Glen Davis finished with a team-high 18 points for the Magic, who were held to 35.5 percent shooting and will be at home for the next two games, including Game 3 tomorrow.