Corey Maggette scored 25 points and Cuttino Mobley added 16 as the Los Angeles Clippers survived an frightening injury to guard Shaun Livingston in a 100-93 win over Charlotte.
Elton Brand had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles (27-29), which won its second straight contest after a four-game losing streak.
The win moves the Clippers to a tie with New Orleans for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
But the injury to Livingston was their immmediate concern.
A third-year point guard, Shaun Livingston is considered the future of the Clippers' organization and has been compared to some of the game's great floor generals because of his size and uncanny court vision.
However, he has battled injuries and inconsistent play during his young career.
And it got worse on Tuesday as charging to the basket on a fast break, Livingston took an awkward step and dislocated his knee cap with 8:10 left in the first quarter.
The Clippers' team doctor popped the knee back into place on the court, and Livingston was taken off the court on a stretcher.
He went directly to the hospital to undergo tests.
Without Livingston, Los Angeles shared the ball well and were led by Maggette, who shot just three-of-nine from the field but hit 19-of-20 from the free-throw line.
Knicks spoil Shaq's party
In New York, the Knicks' Stephon Marbury scored 25 points to led his side to a 99-93 victory over the Miami Heat and spoil Shaquille O'Neal's historic night.
Miami's superstar centre O'Neal scored 20 points to surpass 25,000 points for his career and become the top scorer among active National Basketball Association players.
The seven foot centre is just the seventh player in NBA history to have 25,000 points and 10,000 rebounds and the 14th in history to reach the 25,000 point plateau.
But the night ultimately belonged to the Knicks as Marbury scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter.
Eddy Curry also collected 28 points and 11 rebounds and Jamal Crawford added 20 points for the New Yorkers, who have won six straight games at home.
Marbury gave the Knicks the lead for good with a neat layup over Heat reserve centre Alonzo Mourning to make it 87-86 with four minutes left.
However, Crawford put the game out of reach in the waning seconds. After reserve forward Malik Rose drove the lane and had his pass deflected, the ball caromed in the right corner to Crawford, who nailed a three-pointer to make it 97-93 with 21 seconds remaining.
Marbury shot seven-of-12 from the field, including three-of-six from the arc, and Curry was nine-of-17 from the floor and 10-of-13 from the line for New York, which shot 43 percent (31-of-72).
Jason Kapono scored 24 points for the Heat, who shot 49 percent (40-of-81).
Miami fell to 1-2 since star Dwyane Wade dislocated his left shoulder last Wednesday.
Mavs cage Hawks
There were more injury concerns in Dallas as Josh Howard scored 20 points before leaving the game with an ankle injury in his sides 110-87 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Jason Terry also added 21 as the Mavericks just had too much offence for the Hawks and posted their 20th straight home win and 12th straight victory overall.
Dallas now has its third streak of at least 12 straight wins this season and is 27-3 at American Airlines Center.
Howard scored five points in a 13-4 run that gave the Mavericks a 40-27 lead with 8:12 left in the second quarter.
Terry scored six points and Howard added four in a 13-3 run in the third quarter that opened the Dallas lead up to 75-52 with 5:16 to go.
Howard left the game with 6:11 to play after injuring his right ankle when he landed on the foot of All-Star Joe Johnson after taking a jump shot.
Howard had to be helped from the court and did not return.
Superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and Jerry Stackhouse added 19 and nine assists off the bench for Dallas.
Johnson scored 29 points and Zaza Pachulia had 24 for Atlanta.