Miami Heat all-Star forward LeBron James knocked down a game high 32 points while Dwyane Wade added another 19 points as the Heat opened the Post Season with a 100-67 drubbing of the New York Knicks at the American Airlines Arena Saturday. The Knicks never really challenged their hosts as they were held to a mediocre shooting percentage of just 35.7% (25-70) for the game with J.R. Smith coming off the bench to lead the squad with 17 points while Carmelo Anthony recorded a double-double with 11 points in the loss.
New York suffered a major loss on the personnel front as rookie point guard Iman Shumpert tore his left ACL in the third quarter of the game and is expected to take six to eight months to recuperate after surgery. The Knicks starter had to be carried from the court to the locker room. The loss of Shumpert leaves the squad with little depth in the back-court, with veterans Baron Davis and Mike Bibby as well as Landry Fields and Toney Douglas are the only players on the roster capable of manning the point.
Miami took over the contest in the second as they outscored their visitors by 17 points in the period and held a 54-31 advantage as the game reached the half. New York was never a viable threat in the final 24 minutes of action and the Heat would win the contest in a rout.
James knocked down 32 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists in the victory. Wade scored 19 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal while Mario Chalmers had 11 points, 9 assists, 3 steals and a rebound in the game.
Smith came off the bench with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the loss. Anthony had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal while Davis added 10 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound. Miami will host game two of the series on Monday.