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Magic puts Hill on injured list

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 19, 2003

ORLANDO -- Grant Hill is out of action again.

The Magic placed the six-time All-Star forward on the injured list Saturday because of chronic pain in his surgically repaired left ankle, and there is no timetable for his return.

Hill has played in 29 of 41 games this season, averaging 14.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

But he has played in only four of the team's 11 games since Christmas and left after 12 minutes Thursday against Washington.

"The goal all along has been to give Grant the best chance to get healthy," general manager John Gabriel said. "At this time, we feel the best course of action is extended rest and continued rehabilitation."

Magic coach Doc Rivers said there is no way to know how long Hill will be out, but Rivers told the Orlando Sentinel Hill could be out for the rest of the regular season.

"We're going to put him on the list, and basically we're going to just keep him on there until we can get him healthy," Rivers said. "If that's a month, if that's a week, if that's three months, that's what we're going to do."

BLAZERS: Forward Rasheed Wallace was suspended for seven games without pay for confronting and threatening a referee outside the Rose Garden in Portland after the team's 100-92 victory over Memphis on Wednesday night.

Saturday's games

76ERS 88, WIZARDS 80: Allen Iverson scored 26 and visiting Philadelphia held off a late rally. Eric Snow matched his season high with 19 points for the 76ers, who won for only the second time in nine games. Michael Jordan, who scored 25, hit a baseline jumper to close Philadelphia's lead to 82-80 with 1:26 to play, but the Wizards didn't score again.

PACERS 88, PISTONS 86: Jermaine O'Neal scored 17 and converted the winning jumper as time expired for host Indiana. Officials viewed the replay of O'Neal's shot for about 15 minutes before ruling it was good.

KNICKS 95, HAWKS 92: Clarence Weatherspoon scored a season-high 18 off the bench and Allan Houston added 24 for visiting New York. Jason Terry missed a 3-pointer with two seconds left.

HEAT 102, BULLS 101 (2 OT): Brian Grant made a layup with 7.6 seconds left in the second overtime as Miami handed Chicago its 19th straight loss on the road. The Bulls had a chance win at the buzzer, but Jalen Rose's 22-foot jumper rolled off the rim. Rose's 13-foot jumper with 29.5 seconds left tied it at 86 to sent it to overtime.

JAZZ 95, CAVALIERS 78: Matt Harpring scored 22 to lead five players in double figures as Utah remained unbeaten at the Delta Center against Cleveland.

CELTICS 97, BUCKS 95: Antoine Walker scored 25 and Paul Pierce made a key jumper with 35.9 seconds left for visiting Boston.

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