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Shaq only had 5, so game will be revived

ATLANTA -- For the first time since 1982, the NBA is sending two teams back to the court for a do-over.

The Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat must replay the final 51.9 seconds of their game last month because the official scorer ruled incorrectly that Shaquille O'Neal fouled out, the league said Friday.

The Hawks won 117-111 at home in overtime Dec. 19, but strike that one from the books. For now, playoff-contending Atlanta has one less win, while the Heat have one less loss on their hapless record.

"We're human. We make mistakes," Hawks owner Michael Gearon said. "There certainly wasn't anything malicious about it. We have one of the most senior scoring staffs in the league. They're good. It happened. There's not much we can do about it."

The NBA said the replay will be held before Miami's next visit to Atlanta on March 8. Play will start from the time after O'Neal's disputed sixth foul, with the Hawks leading 114-111.

The Hawks also were fined $50,000, with Stern ruling the team was "grossly negligent" in failing to address the mistake.

The protest is the first granted by the NBA since December 1982, when then-NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien upheld a request for a replay by the San Antonio Spurs after their 137-132 double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers the previous month.

The Spurs and Lakers finally finished the game in April 1983, with San Antonio winning 117-114.

HUDSON SURGERY -- Warriors guard Troy Hudson will be out for the season after undergoing surgery on his left hip.

Hudson played in just nine games after signing with the Warriors in September. A torn labrum prevented him from being Baron Davis' veteran backup at point guard, and Hudson underwent surgery to repair his hip joint Thursday in New York City.

The longtime Minnesota guard hasn't played since Dec. 12, and coach Don Nelson said last month that Hudson's career might be over because of the chronic injury. But Hudson said he hopes to play again after his recovery, which could take the rest of the season.

"It doesn't make it easier to have our backup point guard out for the year," Nelson said. "So we're going to have to find that guy somewhere in the locker room."

TIP-INS -- Houston guard Tracy McGrady is expected to miss three more games as he recovers from a left knee injury. McGrady, averaging 23 points and five assists per game, has sat out the last eight games with strained tendons, tendinitis and a bone bruise in the knee. ... Indiana center David Harrison was suspended for five games for violating the league's anti-drug program. Harrison's suspension, which is without pay, will begin with today's game at Sacramento, the league said. ... A judge threw out a petition by neighborhood groups to stop the $4 billion redevelopment of Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards, where construction of an arena for the Nets is planned. ... Former NBA sharpshooter Glen Rice was arrested on a felony battery charge after police say he beat a man he found hiding in his estranged wife's closet. Rice surrendered to police and was released after posting $5,000 bond.

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