ATLANTA, Dec. 19 (AP) -- Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning tore the patellar tendon in his right knee Wednesday night against the Hawks.

Miami spokesman Michael Lissack said an examination at Philips Arena, including X-rays, revealed the injury. Lissack said it was not immediately known if the injury could end Mourning's season. Injuries like this typically take around three months to heal.

Mourning, 37, is in his 15th year in the league, including 11 seasons with Miami.

Mourning was hurt when attempting to defend the basket on a layup by Atlanta's Mario West.

Replays showed Mourning's knee buckled without contact from West as Mourning was about to jump.

With Mourning laying on his back clutching his knee, a stretcher was brought to his side. Mourning was placed on the stretcher and then sat up, rose to his feet and limped to the Miami bench with the assistance of teammates.


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