MIAMI (Sporting Alert) — The Miami Heat floored the New York Knicks in their opening NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs series game on Saturday and will be hoping for similar things Monday night.
LeBron James starred on the day with 32 points on shooting 10 for 14 from the field in Miami’s 100-67 victory, while Dwyane Wade added 19 points in the win.
The Heat shot 48.6 percent from the field and over 38 percent from three-point range, while out rebounding, blocking and assisting their opponents.
“Our guys had a noticeable look in their eyes the last 24 hours,” Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
“We wanted to get back to the basics and play to our identity. For the most part, we were able to do that by being aggressive.”
There were questions as to how James would approach the series and he surely is handling things.
“I’m a different player this year, a different person this year compared to last year,” James said.
“I’ve waited to get back to the postseason, prepared myself all season, throughout the offseason to get back to this point.”
The Knicks big guns, Carmelo Anthony, who shot 3 of 15 from the field and Amare Stoudemire, who only had 2 of 7 from the field – failed to get going and will need to pick thing up Monday night to pull New York back in the series.
“This series is not over,” Stoudemire, who finished the game with nine points said. “We’ve got to learn from our mistakes today and get ready for Monday.”