Record futility for N.Y.
Knicks lose 13th straight in playoffs
LeBron James scored 32 points, including 8 straight to start the fourth quarter, as visiting Miami beat New York, 87-70, Thursday night for an NBA postseason-record 13th straight loss for the Knicks.
James had 17 points in the final period for the Heat, who held the shorthanded Knicks to eight field goals in the second half and will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon.
Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat and Mario Chalmers had 19, hitting consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points, but shot 7 of 23 for the Knicks, who were playing without Amare Stoudemire (hand), Jeremy Lin (knee), and Iman Shumpert (knee).
The Knicks haven’t won a playoff game since April 29, 2001, Game 3 of a best-of-five series against Toronto.
In a sloppy game between two star-studded teams, Miami went 10 minutes without a field goal in the second half, followed by the Knicks managing just three baskets in the third quarter.
Then James took over. After sitting most of the third quarter with foul trouble, he came off the bench to start the fourth. He nailed a 3-pointer, followed his own miss, then hit again from behind the arc, turning the Heat’s 2 -point lead into a 66-56 cushion with 10:36 remaining.
The Heat then put it away midway through the period, when Wade made a jumper before Chalmers hit twice in a row from behind the arc to make it 77-62 with 5:40 to play.
Chris Bosh had 9 points and 10 rebounds hours after the birth of his first child. He flew to New York with the Heat on Wednesday, then quickly hopped on a flight back to Miami after learning his wife, Adrienne, was in labor. He returned Thursday afternoon following the birth of his son, Jackson, around 3 a.m., arriving at the arena about 30 minutes before the game.
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 in Dallas, putting the defending champion Mavericks on the verge of being swept out of the playoffs.
After two close games on their home court, the young Thunder ran away with Game 3, giving them a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Even though Durant missed the first shot of the game, Serge Ibaka turned that into a putback basket. Durant then scored 9 points in an early 3-minute span, including two 3-pointers and a 17-foot fadeaway, as Oklahoma City took a 14-7 lead.
Durant finished with 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting. He was a combined 15 of 44 in the first two games of the series, though he had a winning jumper with 1.5 seconds in the opener.
Russell Westbrook added 20 points for the Thunder, while Ibaka had 10 points and 11 rebounds and James Harden and Derek Fisher both had 10 points.
Dirk Nowitzki had 17 points to lead Dallas, and Jason Kidd had 12.
Oklahoma City had a 16-7 lead less than 5 minutes into the game, after Durant’s alley-oop pass to Ibaka for a layup. The Thunder pushed ahead with 16-5 runs in both the second and third quarters.
When Kendrick Perkins had a tip-in of Harden’s miss with 4 minutes left in the first quarter, coach Rick Carlisle was so irate that the field goal wasn’t disallowed for basket interference that he had to be restrained by one of his assistant coaches.
Carlisle went ballistic, charging onto the court screaming and pointing at official Marc Davis. Replays showed Carlisle might have had a good argument, but he got called for a technical foul and Westbrook’s free throw put the Thunder up 21-11, their first double-digit lead.