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NBA Playoffs: Full Coverage Of Sunday's Action

The Lakers, Sixers and Celtics all pushed their advantages to 3-1 while the Knicks avoided the sweep on Sunday.

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Nuggets Vs. Lakers, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 4: Final Score, LA's Hero Is ... Steve Blake!

The Los Angeles Lakers struggled in all facets of their game in Game 3 of their series against the Denver Nuggets, but were improved all around in Game 4. Denver's offense completely dried up in the second half as they managed just 37 points. That let the Lakers come back from a bad first half, and they're heading to LA with a 3-1 series lead after winning 92-88.

Steve Blake was the unlikely hero of the night, hitting a late three-pointer to seal the win. With the Lakers up three points following a slightly controversial offensive goaltending call on Denver's Andre Miller, Blake drained a three from the corner, assisted by Kobe Bryant, to give Los Angeles a six-point lead with 18 seconds remaining.

Bryant led all scorers with 22 points, but was just 10-25 from the floor and inexplicably failed to get to the free throw line during the game. Andrew Bynum was much improved from Game 3 with an 8-12 shooting performance, while Jordan Hill contributed another double-double off the bench.

The Nuggets got a great performance out of Danilo Gallinari, but the rest of their offensive weapons struggled. Ty Lawson scored 11 points, Al Harrington had nine and Arron Afflalo had just six points.

For more on the Lakers, head over to Silver Screen and Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Nuggets, check out Denver Stiffs and SB Nation Denver. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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Celtics Vs. Hawks, 2012 NBA Playoffs: Boston Dominates 101-79

When one team gets out to a big lead in a playoff game, the announcers will invariably warn the viewers not to get too comfortable because "an NBA team is always going to make a run."

That didn't happen for the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of their first-round series with the Boston Celtics, as they were dominated 101-79 by Boston in a game that was rarely even competitive, especially in the second half.

The loss puts an injury-ravaged Atlanta team on the brink of elimination, as they've now dropped three straight games to the Celtics after winning Game 1.

Rajon Rondo was the story of the game, as he scored 20 points on 8-11 shooting while handing out 16 assists to only one turnover. He even went 2-3 from beyond the arc, which tells you all you need to know about how well Boston played.

For more on the Celtics, head over to CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Hawks, check out Peachtree Hoops and SB Nation Atlanta.

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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.

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Al Horford Warming Up, 'Game-Time Decision' For Game 4

Though he had previously said he would miss all of the first round, Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford is warming up before Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first round against the Boston Celtics.

Horford has missed almost the entire 2011-2012 NBA season with a torn pectoral muscle, but the Hawks could use anyone with size at this point. Josh Smith missed the end of Game 2 and all of Game 3 — both Hawks losses — with a knee injury, and Horford's backup, Zaza Pachulia, is out for the series, meaning Jason Collins and Ivan Johnson are the only players on the active roster with any size and game experience.

There's no word yet on whether Horford will play, but he's on the active roster, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, meaning, even if he's not originally intended to get any minutes, he can go in case of emergency. How many minutes he'll get if he goes is up in the air, but it's hard to imagine him playing even close to 30.

The Hawks are down 2-1 to the Celtics, and they tip off in Atlanta at 7 p.m. ET.

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Spike Lee: Well-Dressed Referee

I'm not saying Spike Lee is better at making calls than the refs on the floor, but at least he makes a charge call look fly.

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Good form, good hat, nice and clear signal ... wait a minute, Spike. That's not quite a charge sign. You're supposed to point, not raise your arm with your palm facing down.

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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.

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VIDEO: Baron Davis' Gruesome Knee Injury

Warning: this video of Baron Davis' knee injury is not for the faint of heart. The New York Knicks' point guard is most definitely out for the rest of Game 4 of the team's 2012 NBA Playoffs series against the Miami Heat, and there are a lot of people wondering if his career could be over after this play.


Davis was running down on a fast break and tried to step past the Heat defender when his right knee gave way. Not only did the knee get twisted, but contact from the defender also added to the pain. Ultimately, if you watch the video closely, you can see an indentation from where Davis' knee ligaments are supposed to be located.

It's arguably the most gruesome knee injury to watch since former Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston blew out his knee in a game in 2007.

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.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Knicks Star Will Be Game-Time Decision In Game 4 Vs. Heat

The New York Knicks must win on Sunday to stave off elimination in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with the Miami Heat. It's not clear yet whether the Knicks will have Amar'e Stoudemire on the floor for Game 4: Stoudemire is listed as doubtful, but his status will be a game-time decision, and he is still recovering from a hand injury sustained when he punched the glass casing of a fire extinguisher after a Game 2 loss.

Stoudemire did not play in Game 3, a Knicks loss in Madison Square Garden that gave New York the NBA record for most consecutive postseason losses with 13, but did participate in practice with the team on Saturday. Coach Mike Woodson said he was able to rebound and catch with a left hand covered by padding.

Stoudemire averaged 13.5 points and six rebounds per game in the first two games of the series.

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.

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2012: Heat Can Sweep; Sixers, Celtics, Lakers Look For Commanding 3-1 Leads

The second weekend of the NBA Playoffs wraps up with a full Sunday of basketball, with one team looking to advance and three others trying to avoid a 3-1 hole.

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