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GAME 2: Heat 104, Knicks 94

OK, first things first ...

FIRE EXTINGUISHER 1, AMARE STOUDEMIRE 0
Will the Heat file charges against Amare Stoudemire for destruction of property? We kid. We kid. The New York Daily News reported on Monday night that Stoudemire sliced open his left, shooting hand after the game while punching a fire extinguisher in the visitor's locker room at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Knicks confirmed that Stoudemire cut his hand. 

HATS OFF TO ...
The Miami-Dade paramedics who stitched Stoudemire's left hand back together. Can't say enough about our boys in uniform.

LINK TO BRILLIANCE

IT WAS OVER WHEN ...
LeBron James went Hulk in the third quarter, smashing his way to the rim for a series of well-contested buckets. James finished with 19 points to go along with nine assists and seven rebounds.

LEBRON'S GRILL
And here's a picture of my brother's television, which was sent to me during the game. LeBron is showing off his "XVI" mouthpice. XVI = 16 = the number of wins it takes to be NBA champions.
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WADE'S RETURN
Dwyane Wade looked like the Flash of old in the first half, scoring 19 points in the first two quarters. Wade kept pace with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who had 21 points at the break. Wade finished with a team-high 25 points. Anthony finished with 30 points.

LIKE A BOSH
Chris Bosh threw his weight around in the first half, matching the toughness of Knicks' center Tyson Chandler in the paint. Bosh finished with 21 points and four rebounds.

ALASKAN ASSASSIN
Mario Chalmers led all players in scoring in the fourth quarter with nine points. He finished with 13 points and six assists.

BOMBS AWAY
The Heat was 9 of 21 from three-point range with Shane Battier and Miller each going 3 of 5 from distance. The Heat has attempted 21 three-pointers in each of its first two playoff games.

EPIC FAIL
The Knicks have lost 12 straight playoff games, matching an NBA record set by the Memphis Grizzlies.

THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
28: The number of assists for the Heat, which only committed eight turnovers. Miami had three turnovers in the second half.

BIG-BOY BASKETBALL
The Heat had 50 points in the paint compared to 38 for the Knicks. The Heat was 18-0 in the regular season when scoring at least 50 points in the paint.

STUFF MIKE WOODSON SAYS
“It’s not frustrating, guys,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said to reporters in his news conference. “It’s still a seven-game series.”

LOOKING AHEAD
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James play their first postseason game in Madison Square Garden on Thursday when the series shifts to New York for Game 3. Game time is set for 7 p.m. with Sun Sports and TNT on the television broadcast. WAXY 790-AM and WQBA 1140-AM (Spanish) for radio listeners.

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