The Miami Heat took a 2-0 lead over the New York Knicks on Monday despite a game high 30 points and 9 rebounds from Carmelo Anthony.
Dwyane Wade led Miami scoring 19 of his team high 25 points in the first half, Chris Bosh had 21 points and LeBron James flirted with a triple double with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists.
Mario Chalmers played well for the second straight game, scoring 9 of his 13 points in the 4th quarter. Mike Miller and Shane Battier both had 11 points off the bench, each going 3-5 from 3-point range
Amare Stoudemire finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the Knicks but following the loss, alledgedly punched something and cut his left hand. Parametics rushed into the locker room to evaluate and Amare is expected to undergo treatment.
Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 7 rebounds, Baron Davis had 12 points and J.R. Smith chipped in with 13 points off the bench.
The Heat outscored the Knicks every quarter despite losing the battle on the boards 33-40.
Both teams shot relatively well from the field, but Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks had to work for baskets consistently.
The series will now shift to Madison Square Garden as the Knicks will attempt to hold home court on Thursday.
- Lebron James had 4 and 1 plays, a season high
- Dwyane Wade threw Mike Bibby's shoe out of bounds in the 2nd quarter and said after "It was fun"
- The Heat connected on 9-21 3-pointers
- Both teams shot near 50%
- Knicks have now lost 12 straight post season games