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Knicks' playoff woes continue; Stoudemire suffers hand injury after loss

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 cut on his left hand.

Game Two 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 by 2-0.

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 am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start," Stoudemire wrote on Twitter after the Knicks left the arena.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler said he did not expect Stoudemire to play Game Three. 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."

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Thunder win again

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 26 in an off-shooting performance and the Oklahoma City Thunder clawed out a 102-99 victory over defending champion Dallas on Monday night to take 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 three-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.

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Pacers even matters

INDIANAPOLIS -- David West had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Orlando Magic, 93-78, on Monday and 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 Indiana.

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.

Indiana lost Game One, 81-77, on Saturday, and the frustrated Pacers fought hard to avoid taking a two-game deficit to Orlando on Wednesday.

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Today's games

*Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended for one game for bumping an official in Game One of the playoff series with Atlanta. He'll sit out tonight's second game of the series; the Hawks won the opener.

*Life without Derrick Rose starts tonight for the Bulls in Game Two against Philadelphia (8 p.m., TNT). The Chicago guard hurt his knee in Game One on Saturday and is out for the season.

*The Nuggets hopes to do better in Los Angeles when they play the Lakers tonight (10:30 p.m., TNT). The Lakers won the opener on Saturday.

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