Onward to the second round!
The Heat dispatched the Knicks in five games, closing out the series with a blowout victory on Wednesday. It was the Heat's first playoff series victory against the Knicks since 1997. The Heat has 15 postseason victories against the Knicks, the most in franchise history.
IT WAS OVER WHEN ...
Did it ever really get started?
An easy selection here. Fire Extinguisher won the MVP voting in a landslide. You can follow him on Twitter @AAAExtinguisher.
Amare Stoudemire. No explanation needed.
Dwyane Wade blocked two shots by Carmelo Anthony in the game. The first block was Wade's 100th blocked shot of his postseason career. Wade is second only to Alonzo Mourning (171) in team postseason blocked shots. Wade is the only guard to average a block a game in the postseason.
-Finished the series with 27.8 points per game
-Led the Heat with 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
-Just the third time in postseason history a player for the Heat has had at least 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Wade did it twice before but never at home.
-This is the 19th time LeBron has had at least 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a postseason game. That's a ridiculous stat.
The Heat host the Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at 3:30 on Sunday.
3 QUICK KEYS TO THE SERIES
1. Rebounding: The Heat was outrebounded by the Knicks in four of the five games in the first round. A better presence on the boards will be important against the Pacers.
2. Chris Bosh: The new father needs to manage his rest properly. It sounds a little silly but Bosh will be a key factor in the center. He's going against Roy Hibbert, the Pacers talented big man and first-time
3. Perimeter defense: Danny Granger, George Hill, Paul George and Leandro Barbaosa can all stretch the floord. Limiting the Pacers' three-point shooters will be a point of emphasis for the Heat's defense.