May 3, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire (1) high-fives small forward LeBron James (6) after scoring during the second half of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Miami won 87-70. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Heat take 3-0 lead, beat Knicks at MSG


May 3, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Steve Novak (right) and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) battle for a loose ball during the second half of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Miami won 87-70. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday evening, Miami Heat managed to defeat the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Following the 87-70 victory, Miami are looking good heading into game 4 on Sunday.

It was the first time ever that James and Wade played at MSG in the playoffs. Both stars started the game shooting poorly, but managed to find a rhythm later on in the game. The first half was very low scoring, as both teams played great defense. Despite struggling offensively, Heat went into the break with a mere 4 point deficit, 36-40.

Early in the third quarter LeBron James was struggling. He turned the ball over 8 times in the game, and had to sit out the majority of the 3rd quarter, picking up 4 fouls. Wade kept things under control by picking up the slack on offense.

In the 4th quarter Miami made the final push. LeBron was fresh coming off the bench, and while Mike Woodson couldn’t afford to take Anthony out of the game, James managed to dominate the match up. LeBron scored 11 straight points for Heat to start the 4th, while Knicks just ran out of gas.

May 3, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) chases the ball as Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) falls during the first half of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Heat did a great job shutting down Steve Novak, always closing out and limiting him to a single 3 point attempt in the game. Miami’s perimeter defense was very solid overall, as Knicks shot a modest 20% from behind the arc.

With the long range game taken away, Carmelo Anthony was the only player who could create offense. Melo played over 43 minutes, and you could see that the exhaustion limited him greatly.

Miami will now be looking to sweep the series on Sunday, as the Knicks are yet to find a way to beat the Heat this season.

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