Shaquille O'Neal went over the 25,000-point mark for his career midway through the first quarter against the Knicks last night in New York.
O'Neal, who entered five points shy of the mark, is the top scorer among active players and 14th overall in NBA history. The Heat center is the seventh to reach 25,000 points and 10,000 rebounds, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes and Hakeem Olajuwon.
The milestone basket came with 6 minutes 4 seconds left in the quarter when he muscled Knicks F Malik Rose in the paint, backed him up and then scored over him to give Miami a 16-9 advantage. O'Neal had an earlier scoring drive and a thunderous dunk
O'Neal, limited to just 17 of Miami's first 56 games because of a knee injury, needs to carry the Heat while G Dwyane Wade is out with a dislocated left shoulder. Wade is expected to join the team at the White House today, when it is honored for winning last season's NBA championship.
· INJURIES:Clippers G Shaun Livingston dislocated his left knee after coming down awkwardly from a layup attempt and had to be wheeled off the court on a stretcher during last night's game against the visiting Bobcats.
Livingston, who was picked fourth overall by Los Angeles in the 2004 draft out of high school, has been hampered by injuries and has yet to play a full season in the NBA. . . .
Rockets F Tracy McGrady missed Houston's game against the Celtics with flulike symptoms. McGrady has missed nine games this season, seven with back spasms in December and one with a sore lower back in January. . . .
Mavericks G Greg Buckner missed last night's game against the Hawks with a bruised left knee. An MRI exam was negative after he injured the knee on Saturday against the Nuggets, but he was too sore to play.
Also out for the Mavericks was swingman Devean George, recovering from a sprained knee ligament. . . .
Trail Blazers C Joel Przybilla missed his second straight game with a sore left knee. He didn't make the trip to Seattle and will be reevaluated.
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