NBA PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Heat, Pacers win crucial Game 2s

Dwyane Wade, who scored 25 points on Monday, races up the court during the Heat's 104-94 win against the Knicks that gives Miami a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

Dwyane Wade, who scored 25 points on Monday, races up the court during the Heat's 104-94 win against the Knicks that gives Miami a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

MIAMI — The New York Knicks lost a game, then might have lost their center right after.

Dwyane Wade scored 25 points, Chris Bosh added 21 and the Miami Heat beat New York 104-94 on Monday night, sending the Knicks to an NBA-record-tying 12th straight postseason loss.

Making matters worse for the Knicks: Amare Stoudemire cut his left hand in a postgame incident. The Knicks did not immediately release any details on how it happened, and coach Mike Woodson — who saw the cut — declined to offer specifics.

“Let’s talk about the game,” Woodson said. “Thank you.”

Miami-Dade paramedics, who staff every game at the arena, were seen leaving the Knicks locker room after the game. The Knicks said “doctors and paramedics” were working on Stoudemire, who was expected to need stitches.

LeBron James finished with 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Heat, who lead the Eastern Conference first-round series 2-0.

Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points on 12-for-26 shooting for New York, which got 18 points from Stoudemire and 13 apiece from Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith. The only other team to lose 12 straight playoff games is the Memphis Grizzlies, who dropped their first dozen postseason contests from 2004 through 2006.

New York’s last postseason win came April 29, 2001. The Knicks get another chance to snap the drought Thursday when they host Game 3.

Mario Chalmers scored 13 points and Mike Miller and Shane Battier each shot 3 for 5 from 3-point range on their way to 11-point games for the defending East champion Heat, who shot 52 percent.

“Every game we try to find our shooters, get them comfortable in the offense and once they catch them, they can let it fly,” James said. “It was concerted effort tonight to get them the ball and move the ball from one side to the other.”

Baron Davis, who sat most of the first half and has been battling back issues, finished with 12 points for the Knicks.

Along with the Grizzlies, the Knicks were one of four teams in NBA history with 11-game postseason losing streaks, according to STATS LLC, joining Denver (1988-94) and the Baltimore Bullets (1965-70).

The Heat came into the game saying they expected Anthony to be much more aggressive. They were right.

Anthony opened with an 11-shot quarter — the last time someone took more in the first 12 minutes of a playoff game was May 15, 2006, when Richard Hamilton got 12 shots off for Detroit against Cleveland. Anthony missed all seven of the jumpers he took in Game 1 when guarded by James, then got his first one to fall on the game’s first possession Monday.

By halftime, Anthony was up to 21 points on 9-for-18 shooting, the Knicks needing all that and more. Wade, James and Bosh combined for 41 points in the first two quarters, helping Miami take a 53-47 lead.

Unlike Game 1, it wasn’t over by halftime. And play was heated, just not overheated.

Chandler, who set a back pick that sent James tumbling late in Saturday’s first half, picked up a technical for taunting early in the second quarter when he went over Miller for a putback dunk and then glared at him for a few moments. A few minutes later, James did a fist-pump toward the seats after a layup late in the half.

But whenever Miami was on the cusp of pulling away, New York had answers.

Consecutive baskets by James midway through the third quarter, the second of those good enough for him to merit it worthy of a chest-bump and long look at the Knicks bench, put Miami up 67-56 — then its biggest lead. Four minutes later, the Knicks were within four, a dunk by Chandler making it 72-68 with 1:37 left in the period.

Miami’s margin was back to nine after a flurry ended the quarter. James drove right and got just about every Knick to shift with him, leaving Battier all alone for a 3-pointer, and James’ three-point play as the shot clock was running down had him laughing and the Heat up 78-69 going into the fourth.

The Knicks never got any closer.

Notes: It was Miami’s 57th straight home postseason sellout. … Knicks G Mike Bibby came out of one of his shoes during play early in the second quarter, then got miffed after Wade picked up the sneaker and tossed it out of his reach as New York took the ball into the offensive end. … Stoudemire missed two free throws with 54.2 seconds left in the third quarter, then got to try the second one again after James was called for a lane violation — and missed that as well. … Heat F Udonis Haslem bought tickets for relatives of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26. … Knicks G Iman Shumpert, who will have surgery this week to repair a torn ligament in his left knee, watched from the locker room. … It’s the first time the Heat have held a 2-0 series lead over the Knicks. All four previous matchups were split after the opening two games.


INDIANAPOLIS — The challenge before the Indiana Pacers wasn’t about game plans, execution or matchups.

It was simply about toughness.

An Orlando team without its top rebounder, injured All-Star center Dwight Howard, dominated the boards in the first half to take a two-point lead. The heavily favored Pacers stewed in their locker room as they faced the possibility of taking a two-game deficit to Orlando for Game 3 on Wednesday.

“No one liked the way we were playing,” Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough said. “I didn’t think we were playing with energy or aggressive enough.”

The Pacers responded, asserting complete control inside during the second half of a 93-78 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Indiana grabbed 12 of the first 13 rebounds in the third quarter and outrebounded Orlando 26-13 in the second half.

“That’s what it’s exactly about,” Indiana forward Danny Granger said. “This time of year, games are a lot harder. Everybody’s playing twice as hard. You have to be the team with the most resolve, the team just playing with the most attitude to try to get the win. It was just something everybody knew.”

The Magic had no choice but to concede that they were outhustled.

“In the third quarter, they just kicked our butts,” Orlando center Glen Davis said. “They got every loose ball.”

Indiana lost Game 1 81-77 on Saturday and felt its season slipping away in Game 2 before rallying.

“We just came out with a different type of energy,” Granger said. “We knew how important this game was. We couldn’t lose two games in a seven-game series on our home court. With that in hindsight, we went after it.”

David West had 18 points and 11 rebounds and has emerged as a stabilizing force for the Pacers.

“He’s leading our team right now in competitive spirit and will and desire and all that stuff that doesn’t show up on the box score, providing our team with the necessary swagger to get a good playoff win,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “He’s just dialed in. A playoff tested veteran. Hopefully he’s going to lead us very far in the playoffs.”

Granger and George Hill each added 18 points and Paul George had 17 points and eight rebounds for Indiana. The Pacers won despite making just 2 of 20 3-point attempts and Granger, the team’s leading scorer this season, shooting just 7 for 21 from the field.

Indiana held the Magic to 36 percent shooting overall. Indiana has held the Magic below 40 percent shooting in both games.

“We’re going to have to be better offensively,” Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I’m going to have to find something that works.”

Davis led the Magic with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but he shot 5 for 16 from the field. Davis, the loudest talker after Saturday’s win, was the first player off the court on Monday.

J.J. Redick scored 13 points and Jameer Nelson added 12 for Orlando.

Orlando knows it still has control of the series because of the split.

“We tried to get two, got one,” Davis said. “We’re still in a good position. We just need to make sure that we play with a lot of energy and not let up.”

Orlando led 44-42 at halftime despite shooting just 32 percent from the field. The Magic stayed in the game with 12 offensive rebounds. Davis had 14 points and eight rebounds in the first half.

Granger hit a 3-pointer to tie the game early in the third quarter, then Hill made a layup to give the Pacers a 54-52 lead with 7:17 left and bring an uneasy crowd back into the game.

Granger’s three-point play extended Indiana’s lead midway through the quarter, and a 3-pointer by Hill made it 64-55 and forced Orlando to call a timeout.

The Pacers poured it on the rest of the quarter and led 72-57 heading into the fourth. Indiana outscored Orlando 16-2 over the final 6:40 of the quarter and held the Magic to 1-for-8 shooting.

George’s stepback jumper on the baseline as the shot clock expired gave Indiana a 78-64 lead with 9 minutes to play, and his three-point play 2 minutes later pushed the lead to 15.

The poor second half left Orlando feeling like it wasted an opportunity.

“We feel like we could have won tonight,” forward Ryan Anderson said. “The fact that we played so hard and had the lead, it makes it that much more tough.”

Indiana plans to take its heightened intensity on the road.

“It was just a scrappy night for us,” George said. “And that’s how we’ve got to play throughout this whole series.”


Notes: Orlando missed its first four shots and didn’t score for nearly 3 minutes to start the game. … Indiana shot 55 percent in the first quarter. … Anderson had eight points and six rebounds in the first quarter, but fouled out with 11 points and eight boards. … Indiana C Roy Hibbert was in foul trouble throughout the game and finished with four points and 13 rebounds in 23 minutes. … Davis is shooting 13 for 36 from the field in the series. … Indiana, which shot 13 for 22 from the free-throw line in Game 1, was 25 for 28 on Monday.