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Heat Finish Off Knicks In 5, Advance To Face Pacers

The Knicks' high was short-lived as the Heat finished the job in Game 5, beating New York to advance to face the Pacers in the second round.

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The Heat Throttle The Knicks, And It's All About Defense

LeBron James and the Heat ended the Knicks season in Game 5 Wednesday, and just like the rest of series, it all started on defense. But it won't always be that simple.


Despite Flame-Out, Knicks' Future Isn't Extinguished Just Yet

The Knicks didn't last long once the playoffs began, but this season built on the last. Improvement and a decent horizon are all that you can ask for as an NBA fan. New York is seeing that.


Knicks Vs. Heat, NBA Playoffs 2012: Miami Cruises Into Second Round With 106-94 Win

For a Miami Heat team whose aspirations are NBA championship or bust, this first-round series was all about taking care of business, and they did just that tonight, advancing past the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs with a 106-94 victory.

It wasn't very exciting, more of a by-the-numbers win, but that's probably how it should be given their team competition. If the Heat's playoff run is like climbing Everest, this first-round victory would amount to little more than setting up at base camp.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined to score 48 points and led the charge in the second half, as the Heat extended their 11-point halftime lead to as high as 19 points with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter.

For the Knicks, there's been plenty of talk about the synergy, or lack thereof, between Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. A more pressing hot-button issue, however, is whether Anthony can legitimately play the role of superstar on a championship-contending team.

Down 14 points with 12 minutes to go, Carmelo Anthony hit one of his patented contested mid-range jumpers.

It was an inconsequential field goal, but Anthony's reaction to the shot -- which entailed jawing with a nearby Heat fan and mean-mugging the entire AmericanAirlines Arena -- told you all you needed to know about how far this core group of Knicks players have to go before taking the leap into the elite of the East. 'Melo, it should be noted, did lead all scorers tonight with 35 points.

Miami will advance to play the upstart Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

For all news and information regarding the Miami Heat, please visit Peninsula Is Mightier. For updates and perspective on the New York Knicks, head on over to Posting and Toasting or check out SB Nation New York.


Heat Vs. Knicks, 2012 Eastern Conference Playoffs Game 4: New York Wins MSG Thriller, 89-87, To Stay Alive

The Miami Heat won the first three games of their first round series against the New York Knicks by double-digits, but, with their backs against the wall on Sunday afternoon in Madison Square Garden, the Knicks finally put up the fight everyone had hoped for in this much-hyped series and won their first post-season game since 2001. LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony traded huge three-pointers in the final two minutes, and, despite a few missed free throws, the Knicks were able to hold on and win, 89-87. The series returns to Miami for Game 5 Wednesday when the Heat try to close it out a second time.

The first half was an ugly one, neither team could get much going, and the Heat led by six. Carmelo Anthony had 18 points but the rest of his team had just 20, which was foreshadowing for how the game would end. Amar'e Stoudemire returned with a heavily wrapped left hand — courtesy of the world's most famous fire extinguisher — and played surprisingly well, scoring 20 points with 10 rebounds, and shooting 8-for-13 from the floor.

The Knicks clawed back in the game in the second half behind Stoudemire and Anthony and, really, not much else. That is, until the game was tied at 81 with 1:23 left, when the ball was swung around the key and found Mike Bibby — in because Baron Davis gruesomely dislocated his patella earlier — who buried a clutch three-pointer from the corner. That's when things got really good.

LeBron James came back down and was left wide open by a hapless J.R. Smith, and he nailed a three-pointer to tie the game back up. 'Melo then went all hero-ball himself and hit another three, putting the Knicks back up three. The Heat had a chance to tie again — the way the game was going, it looked as if that was certain to happen — before Chris Bosh let a pass get away from him in the biggest moment of the game.

Anthony then took the inbounds and dribbled for a few seconds in the ensuing play before rising up and drawing a questionable shooting foul from Shane Battier on a three-point attempt. He missed the first two freebies but nailed the third to make it a two possession game. Though LeBron tried his best at bringing the Heat back with an unbelievable play, Dwyane Wade got the ball with the team down two points and the game winding down, and failed where so many have chastised James for doing the same in big moments.

This win changes nothing for the Knicks. Without Baron Davis especially, they can't climb out of a 3-0 hole to beat the NBA title favorites, especially having to win two games on the road to do it. This moment, however, showed us what we had all been hoping to see: a high-intensity playoff game with a satisfying finish at Madison Square Garden. The only question now is will Jeremy Lin return for Game 5?

For updates and perspective on the New York Knicks, head on over to Posting and Toasting or check out SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding the Miami Heat, please visit Peninsula Is Mightier.


Baron Davis Injury Is A Dislocated Right Patella, Knicks Announce

New York Knicks guard Baron Davis has suffered what the team is calling a "dislocated right patella" in his right knee, according to ABC sideline reporter Lisa Salters on the broadcast. As most expected, Davis will not be returning to Game 4 of the Knicks' 2012 NBA Playoffs first-round series against the Miami Heat.

Related: Video of Baron Davis' knee injury | Miami Heat players recoil in horror after Davis goes down.

Davis suffered the injury trying to go on a fast break midway through the third quarter on Sunday. He tried to step through to go for a layup, and his right knee buckled. He had to be taken off the court on a stretcher, which should give you some indication about how serious this knee injury is.

For updates and perspective on the New York Knicks, head on over to Posting and Toasting or check out SB Nation New York. For all news and information regarding the Miami Heat, please visit Peninsula Is Mightier.


Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Knicks Forward Not Expected To Play In Game 3 After Punching Fire Extinguisher

New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is, unsurprisingly, not expected to play in Game 3 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. This news comes after Stoudemire lacerated his hand punching a fire extinguisher in frustration following the team's Game 2 loss on Monday,

Stoudemire's status for the rest of the series remains up in the air. Isola reports that Stoudemire will see a specialist on Tuesday to determine if there is any ligament damage. Meanwhile, an ESPN New York report suggests there is a "possibility" Stoudemire will not play the rest of the series.

The Knicks trail 2-0 after Monday's 104-94 loss in Game 2. Game 3 is currently scheduled for Thursday at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are looking to snap a 12-game playoff losing streak that dates all the way back to 2001.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier.


Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Knicks' Forward Cuts Hand Punching Fire Extinguisher In Locker Room, According To Reports

Things have apparently gone from bad to worse for the New York Knicks. There was apparently a lot of commotion in the locker room following the team's 104-94 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, and the reason is because Amar'e Stoudemire reportedly hurt his hand punching a fire extinguisher in frustration. Via Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

The Knicks are saying that Stoudemire has a "laceration" on his left hand, and paramedics were called to the scene.

Stoudemire has struggled mightily since returning from a back injury, scoring just nine points in Game 2 and struggling on defense.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting and Toasting and SB Nation New York.


Heat Vs. Knicks, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 2, Final Score: Miami Outpaces New York, 104-94

There's really not much to say: there was no defining moment, no superstar performance, no game-changing role player off the bench, no real goats: just the Miami Heat being better than the Knicks to the extent that Miami's second half lead never seemed in danger even as it never got out of hand.

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh combined for 65 of the Heat's 104, with Wade and James each finishing their share of unnecessarily impossible-looking plays at the rim. Carmelo Anthony followed up on a 21-point first half to finish with 30, but nobody on the Knicks did enough to make a difference. (Although I see you, Baron Davis, with 12 points on some threes and flashy assists.)

Now the Knicks are down 0-2, and with their 12th consecutive playoff loss, tying a record for most in a row, set by the Grizzlies. With the seeming talent disparity between these squads, one wonders whether that streak will be snapped in this postseason or whether success-starved Knicks fans will have to wait yet another year.

Noteworthy GIFs and videos:

Dwyane Wade disregards Mike Bibby's shoe needs

Ronny Turiaf and Erik Spoelstra compete to see who can celebrate better

Melo face-guards LeBron

Stay in this storystream for more on tonight's action. For news and analysis on these two teams, check out Peninsula Is Mightier and Posting And Toasting.


Jeremy Lin Injury Update: Knicks Guard Could Return Vs. Miami

Despite suffering a setback in his rehab, Jeremy Lin said he could return for the Knicks' first-round playoff series against the Heat.


Knicks Vs. Heat, NBA Playoffs 2012: LeBron James Leads Miami To Game 1 Blowout

There was lots of anticipation for Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs series between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat, but it quickly turned into a rout. LeBron James led the Heat on a 24-2 run to close the first half, as Miami easily defeated New York, 100-67.

James scored 32 points in 31 minutes, hitting 10-14 from the field and 11-14 from the line. He dominated Knicks star Carmelo Anthony on both ends, holding him to just 11 points on 3-15 shooting. Dwyane Wade added 19 points for the Heat in the win.

Making matters worse for the Knicks, promising rookie Iman Shumpert suffered a bad knee injury in the third quarter and did not return. Shumpert is tasked with guarding Wade so, if he misses an extended period of time, the Knicks are in trouble.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler did play despite battling the flu over the past two days, but was very ineffective, committing seven turnovers and picking up four first-half fouls.

Game 2 is scheduled for Monday night at 7 p.m.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York. For more on the Heat, visit Peninsula Is Mightier.

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