Allen Iverson broke his left hand. Tracy McGrady was carted off on a stretcher. Vince Carter announced he's finished for the season.
Three of the best players in the Eastern Conference went down in rapid succession Friday on an injury-riddled night in the NBA.
The moment that might have the greatest impact on the postseason happened in Boston, where Iverson was slapped across the hand as he drove the lane in the first quarter of Philadelphia's 96-91 victory over Boston.
"He told me it was broke as soon as it happened," teammate Eric Snow said.
The Sixers said Iverson will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks with a fractured bone below the index finger on his left (non-shooting) hand. With less than a month remaining in the regular season, it appears Iverson will be sidelined until the playoffs.
McGrady went down hard during the first half of Orlando's 106-92 loss to Charlotte and was wheeled off the court on a stretcher. He didn't move for several minutes, and emergency medical personnel gingerly lifted him into a stretcher.
An MRI exam and X-rays taken at Florida Hospital were negative, and McGrady was held overnight. The injury was described as severe back spasms.
Earlier in the day, it was announced that Carter will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee.
In other games, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated Detroit 94-82, New Jersey downed Milwaukee 108-84, Indiana topped Miami 104-94, Portland beat Chicago 109-93 and Seattle routed Houston 112-82.
76ers 96, Celtics 91
At Boston, the NBA's leading scorer and last year's MVP left the game at halftime, and the 76ers rallied from a five-point deficit without him.
Hornets 106, Magic 92
At Orlando, McGrady was injured in the second quarter after being sandwiched by Charlotte's Robert Traylor and George Lynch on a drive.
McGrady's injury left the Magic without their top three scorers. Grant Hill (16.8 points per game) has been out since late November following surgery on his troublesome left ankle, and Mike Miller (15.8 ppg) hasn't played since he sprained an ankle on March 8.
Raptors 94, Cavaliers 80
At Cleveland, the Raptors won for just the second time in 19 games after getting the bad news on Carter.
Lakers 94, Pistons 82
At Los Angeles, Shaquille O'Neal scored 28 points and the Lakers stopped a two-game losing skid and ended the Pistons' four-game winning streak.
Nets 108, Bucks 84
At East Rutherford, N.J., Jason Kidd had 17 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds and the Nets tied a franchise record with their ninth straight home win.
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Pacers 104, Heat 94
At Miami, Jermaine O'Neal scored 21 points and Ron Mercer, playing his longest stint since returning from the injured list, added 17.
Trail Blazers 109, Bulls 93
At Chicago, Rasheed Wallace made three 3-pointers in a game-turning third quarter and finished with 19 points for Portland.
SuperSonics 112, Rockets 82
At Seattle, Desmond Mason had 22 points and five assists and was one of five Seattle players in double figures. Gary Payton had 20 points, nine assists and four rebounds.
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