Heat’s Dwyane breathes fire, melts NY Knicks
DWYANE Wade scored 25 points and Chris Bosh added 21 as Miami beat New York 104- 94 on Monday night, sending the Knicks to an NBA-recordequaling 12th straight post season loss.
Making matters worse for the Knicks: centre Amare Stoudemire cut his left hand in a post game incident. The Knicks did not immediately release any details on how it happened, and coach Mike Woodson, who saw the cut, declined to offer specifics.
LeBron James finished with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Heat, who lead the Eastern Conference first-round series 2-0. Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points on 12-for-26 shooting for New York, which got 18 points from Stoudemire and 13 apiece from Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith. The only other team to lose 12 straight playoff games is the Memphis Grizzlies, who dropped their first dozen post season contests from 2004 through 2006.
New York’s last post season win came April 29, 2001. The Knicks get another chance to snap the drought Thursday when they host Game 3
Thunder 102, Mavericks 99 At Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as Oklahoma City took a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Durant hit two free throws with 50.4 seconds left to give Oklahoma City a 98-97 lead, and James Harden hit four more foul shots to close it out for the Thunder.
Jason Terry missed two 3- point attempts from the left wing in the final 5 seconds that could have levelled it.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 31 points and Shawn Marion scored 15. The Mavericks led in the closing minutes of both road games but couldn’t even manage a split. Game 3 is on Thursday night in Dallas.
Pacers 93, Magic 78 At Indianapolis, David West had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Indiana level the Eastern Conference first-round series at one game apiece.
Danny Granger and George Hill each added 18 points and Paul George had 17 points and eight rebounds for Indiana.
Glen Davis led the Magic with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but he shot 5 for 16 from the field.
J.J. Redick scored 13 points and Jameer Nelson added 12 for Orlando.
The Pacers were heavy favourites in the series because Dwight Howard, Orlando’s All- Star centre, is out with a back injury. Indiana lost Game 1 81- 77 on Saturday, and the frustrated Pacers fought hard to avoid taking a two-game deficit to Orlando on Wednesday.