Well in case of an emergency, break glass!
Last night in Miami, Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire hit six of nine field goal attempts, but the last thing he hit may’ve taken him out of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Stoudemire needed an undisclosed number of stitches to close a laceration after slamming his left hand through the glass portion of a fire extinguisher case as he exited the court, following the Knicks 104-94 loss to the Heat. Dwayne Wade led Miami with 25 points. The Knicks, who trail in the series two-games-to-none, have tied an NBA record with their 12th straight postseason loss.
In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook poured in 29 points, as the Thunder has stormed to a two-games-to none lead, beating the Mavericks 102-99.
In Indiana, David West dropped in 18, pulled down 11, as the Pacers pasted the Magic 93-78 to even the series at one game apiece.
In other NBA news, the Celtics will be without Rajon Rondo tonight for Game 2 in Atlanta. Rondo’s been suspended one game for bumping an official which resulted in his ejection during Sunday’s loss.
And Paul Silas is out as Charlotte head coach, just days after the 7-59 Bobcats set an NBA record for worst winning percentage in a season.
To the ice, last night in New York, Alex Ovechkin snapped a wrist-shot passed Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third to break a 2-2 tie, as the Capitals evened the Eastern Conference semifinal at a game apiece, beating the Rangers 3-2.
Out west in St. Louis, Anze Kopitar tallied two of L.A.’s four first period goals, as the Kings rolled over the Blues 5-2. Los Angeles leads the series two-games-to-none.
To baseball, in the American League, David Ortiz launched two of Boston’s four home runs, as the Red Sox pounded Oakland 11-6, Texas topped Toronto 4-1, Eric Chavez’s two-run shot lifted the Yankees over Baltimore 2-1, Tampa Bay edged Seattle 3-2, and the Angels got by Minnesota 4-3.
Over to the NL, Ryan Braun hit three home runs, adding a two-run triple for good measure, as Milwaukee routed San Diego 8-3, Arizona dumped Miami 9-5, Colorado beat the Dodgers 6-2, Philadelphia downed the Cubs 6-4, Pittsburgh hammered Atlanta 9-3, and Jed Lowrie’s tie-breaking single in the eighth lifted Houston over the Mets 4-3.
In other baseball news, Mets starter Mike Pelfrey will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow later today.
I’m Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.