The Heat and Knicks met in the playoffs for the first time in 12 years on Saturday but the renewed rivalry wasn’t exactly a nod to those epic games of the late 90s. Miami’s 100-67 victory fell two points shy of tying the Heat’s postseason record for margin of victory. Meanwhile, the loss tied a postseason record for fewest points scored in the playoffs by Knicks.
LeBron scored a game-high 32 points and became just the Heat’s sixth player in team history to score at least 500 postseason points.
LeBron went 10 of 14 from the field giving him his a shooting percentage of .714, the best shooting percentage of his career in a postseason game.
Udonis Haslem had seven of his eight rebounds in the third quarter. It was Haslem first start in a postseason game since May 3, 2009 against Atlanta.
Mario Chalmers has scored 30 points in his last two playoff games.
The Knicks have lost 11 consecutive postseason games. Put another way, New York has won a game in the playoffs 4,025 days.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
The Heat closed the first half with a 24-2 run. The Knicks scored one field goal in the final 6:32 of the half. The run then expanded to 32-2 to begin the third quarter.
OF NOTE Knicks guard Iman Shumpart tore a ligament in his knee in the third quarter.
“I thought we played well.”
--Mike Woodson, coach of the New York Knicks
Game 2 at 7 p.m. on Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena