The Heat led the Knicks 54-31 after the first half in the opening game of its best-of-7 first-round series on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
LeBron James finished the half with 23 points, including a 9-0 run by himself after being fouled hard by Tyson Chandler on an illegal screen in the open court. Chandler was initially ejected from the game for the foul but his flangrant-2 was downgraded after a review, allowing him to remain in the game. Still, it was Chandler's fourth foul of the first half.
The Knicks committed 21 fouls in the first half including six offensive fouls. Meanwhile, the Heat shot 21 of 28 from the free-throw line. James was 11 of 14 from the line.
The Heat held the Knicks to 32.4 percent shooting in the first half. Carmelo Anthony finished the half with seven points and was 1 of 9 from the field. Baron Davis led the Knicks with 10 points of 4 of 6 shooting.