#2 MIAMI HEAT 87 @ #7 NEW YORK KNICKS 70
EAST 1st Round * Game 3 * Heat lead series, 3-0
The main story beforehand was Chris Bosh returning to Miami to witness the birth of his first child. But he returned to New York in time to play in Game 3.
It was certainly an ugly affair for most of the game but the Knicks kept it close for three quarters. Until LeBron James took over. Bron had 17 of his 32 points in the final stanza. Mario Chalmers hit back-to-back backbreaking threes in the middle of the fourth as well. And it certainly didn't help that New York only shot 31.9% from the field (Heat D was incredible).
The Knicks are on the verge of elimination and no team has ever come back from an 0-3 series deficit. New York has also lost a record 13 straight playoff games.
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Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 22 points.
#2 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 95 @ #7 DALLAS MAVERICKS 79
WEST 1st Round * Game 3 * Thunder lead series, 3-0
This wasn't much of a contest, either. Kevin Durant broke out of his slump by going 11 for 15 on the field (31 points; 21 by halftime). Then OKC smashed the game wide open at the end of the third/beginning of the fourth with an 18-3 run. Dallas never stood a chance. Their shooting (34.2 percent) definitely did not help.
After two close games at Oklahoma, Dallas can only think about the what could have been after they laid an egg at home. Now they're on the verge of getting swept after we had touted this series as a must-see.
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Dirk Nowitzki led the hapless Mavs with 17 points.
Three Game 3s on Friday night!
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