The Miami Heat will be hosting the Indiana Pacers in the second-round of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs, after ending the New York Knicks Post Season with a solid 106-94 win at American Airlines Arena Wednesday night . All-Star forward LeBron James scored 29 points for Miami while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each added 19 points for the night. Carmelo Anthony knocked down a game high 35 points, however it would not be enough to allow the injury depleted Knicks to win their second straight contest against their hosts and extend the series to a sixth game.
Veteran point guard Baron Davis blew-out his right knee in the fourth game of the match-up on Sunday and Jeremy Lin did not want to chance returning to the hardwood with his knee not completely recovered from surgery he had earlier in the season. New York started veteran point guard Mike Bibby, who would score ten points for the squad. Miami outscored the Knicks 20-4 on fast-break points, as well as 9-4 from three-point range; those two stats were basically the key to the Heat’s victory on Wednesday, closing out the series by a 4-1 margin.
The visitors would hold the advantage for most of the opening period; however the home team had the momentum on their side in the last few minutes. Shane Battier and Mike Miller would both hit clutch treys down the stretch putting Miami ahead 28-24 at the end of the quarter. The Heat would keep the advantage throughout the second and D-Wade would knock down five unanswered points to put his club on top 55-44 as the two teams went to their locker rooms at the half.
The Knicks never got closer than trailing by eight points during the third and they would find themselves deep in the hole as Anthony fouled Battier on a three-point shot attempt with 19 seconds on the clock. Battier hit all three shots at the charity stripe and Miami had the game well in hand with an 81-67 advantage at the conclusion of the quarter. The Heat were never close to being threatened in the fourth as they would finish the series with a double-digit victory.
James scored 29 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 1 block while Wade put up 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Bosh also added 19 points, 7 rebounds and a steal while Mario Chalmers had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.
Anthony knocked down a game high 35 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist while Amar’e Stoudemire had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Landry Fields and J.R. Smith both scored 12 points while Bibby would have 10 points for the night. Miami will host the Pacers this Sunday in the opening game of their second round match-up.