Amare Stoudemire Leaves Game With Back Spasms

Stoudemire sits out start of 2nd half

      BOSTON (AP) – New York's Amare Stoudemire did not start the
second half of Game 2 against the Celtics because of a stiff back.
      The Knicks already were without Chauncey Billups, who missed the
game Tuesday night with a strained left knee.
      Stoudemire, who led the Knicks with 28 points and 11 rebounds in
Boston's 87-85 win in the opener on Sunday night, had four points
and five rebounds in 18 minutes in the first half.
      Shawne Williams started in his place in the second half. The
Knicks led 51-49 before Boston scored the next seven points, capped
by a 3-pointer by Paul Pierce. The Knicks, trailing 56-51, then
called timeout with 6:55 left in the third quarter and Stoudemire
stayed on the bench when play resumed.
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