Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2012-05-07 12:03 PM
The win ends an NBA record run of 13 postseason losses for the Knicks dating back to April 2001. The Heat leads the best-of-seven first-round series by three games to one and host Game 5 in Miami on May 8.
Stoudemire, playing for the first time since lacerating his left hand in a moment of frustration after Game 2, had 20 points and 10 rebounds. LeBron James led the Heat with 27 points.
Dwyane Wade had 22 points, but his off-balance, turnaround 3-pointer with time expiring bounced harmlessly off the rim.
So the Knicks’ NBA-record postseason losing streak finally came to an end after 13 games. And their hope for a series victory remained alive, albeit by the narrowest of margins.
Even this rare moment of elation came with an asterisk: Baron Davis, the Knicks’ starting point guard, dislocated his right kneecap in the third quarter. He is the second starting guard they have lost in the series, after a season-ending knee injury to Iman Shumpert in Game 1.
For the first time in this series, the Knicks played a meaningful fourth quarter, as the lead tipped back and forth repeatedly.
Anthony scored on back-to-back layups for a 78-75 lead. James hit two foul shots to give Miami a 79-78 lead. Anthony tied the game at 79-79 (on a free throw) and again at 81-81 (on a 15-footer). Mike Bibby ― who had replaced the injured Davis ― hit a 3-pointer for an 84-81 lead. Miami tied the game on a 3-pointer from James.
With the shot clock running down, and fans screaming nervously, Anthony hit a 3-pointer over Shane Battier ― his designated tormentor in the series ― giving the Knicks an 87-84 lead with 54.5 seconds left.
Anthony had the chance to put the game away when Battier fouled him on a 3-pointer moments later. But he missed the first two free throws, then sank the third for an 88-84 lead with 25.9 seconds left.
James cut the margin to a point with a 3-point play. Stoudemire made one of two foul shots with 14.8 seconds left for the final margin.
(The New York Times)