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James, Heat take control against Knicks

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Associated Press
May 4, 2012
— Frustrated and foul-prone for three quarters, LeBron James finally did what he usually does at Madison Square Garden.

And the New York Knicks got the only result they know any more in the playoffs.


James scored 32 points, including eight straight to start the fourth quarter and break open the game, and the Miami Heat took a 3-0 series lead, sending the Knicks to an NBA postseason-record 13th straight loss, 87-70 on Thursday night.


“Bron came in and got at it right away,” Dwyane Wade said. “He had an unbelievable fourth quarter.”


James had 17 points in the final period for the Heat, who held the short-handed Knicks to eight field goals in the second half and will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon.


“He just has to stay with it,” Heat coach Erik Spoeslstra said. “He had some turnovers, he had some mistakes but he was able to keep his head in it.”


Wade added 20 points for the Heat and Mario Chalmers had 19, hitting consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter when the Heat finally brought some beauty to what had been an ugly game.


Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points but shot 7 of 23 for the Knicks, who are playing without Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert and needed a super effort from Anthony that he didn’t come close to providing.


The Knicks broke the record set by Memphis from 2004-06. They haven’t won a playoff game since April 29, 2001, Game 3 of a best-of-five series against Toronto.


No NBA team has overcome a 3-0 deficit.


-- Thunder 95, Mavericks 79—Kevin Durant finally found his postseason shooting touch to get Oklahoma City off to a quick start, and the Thunder never trailed on the way to their road victory at Dallas for a commanding 3-0 series lead over the defending NBA champs.


After two close games


on their home court, the young Thunder rolled to the victory in Game 3.


They will run away with the first-round series with one more win. Game 4 is Saturday in Dallas.


Durant finished with 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting.


Russell Westbrook added 20 points for the Thunder.


Dirk Nowitzki had 17 points to lead Dallas.



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