Game well played on both ends of the court for the Miami Heat. LeBron James dropped 34 on the Knicks, to go with 6 steals en route to a 100-67 blowout victory over the Knicks.
The white-out crowd in South Beach watched their MVP candidate take over game one. How about that deep-2 from the left wing, making it off the glass while getting fouled for the and one? He made the free throw by the way.
It was a one-sided game, but very physical like the Eastern Conference is known for. Also brought back memories from the 1990s Heat/Knicks rivalry. Miami locked down defensively, forcing 24 turnovers while tallying 12 steals. They held New York to 36% shooting from the floor, 33% behind the arc.
A frustrated Carmelo Anthony finished with 10 rebounds and 11 points off 3-15 shooting. The Heat adjusted their defensive gameplan by fronting Anthony and bring help from the backside. Amare Stoudemire was limited to 9 points. J.R. Smith did find his stroke by hitting 17.
It was the worst playoff loss for the Knicks since a 126-85 defeat at Chicago on April 25, 1991.
Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers combined for 30 points. Chris Bosh chipped in with 9 to go with 6 boards, as he got time to rest only playing 24 minutes.
Tyson Chandler received a flagrant-1 foul when he set a blindside pick near half court, knocking James to the ground. James held his neck from whiplash, and said he was fine at halftime, and after the game.
”Tyson got me pretty good,” James said at halftime. ”Got a little whiplash in my neck but I’m OK. I mean, it’s playoff basketball.”
Unfortunately, Knicks guard Iman Shumpert suffered a knee injury (pending results). He crossed half court as he was dribbling, clutching his knee in pain after immediately dropping to the ground. Much like Chicago point guard and reigning MVP Derrick Rose (torn ACL). I wish those two a speedy recovery, you hate to see injuries in any aspect of life.
As for the series, Miami takes a 1-0 lead in commanding fashion.
Game 2 - Mon. April 30, New York at Miami, 7 p.m.(ET), TNT