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LeBron, Heat Torch Knicks 100-67 In Playoff Opener

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LeBron James scored 32 points in the first three quarters as the Miami Heat hammered a sloppy, off-tempo Knicks offense for a 100-67 win in Game 1 of their NBA first round playoff match up on Saturday in Miami.

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Even worse for the Knicks, Iman Shumpert, one of the team’s best defenders, had to be carried off the court after suffering, what looked like, a very serious knee injury. Shumpert dropped to the floor without contact while trying to elude defenders as he was dribbling up the court.

UPDATE: ESPN reports Shumpert suffered a torn ACL, and will be out 6 to 8 months.

LeBron and the Heat looked unstoppable, especially during one stretch in the second and third quarters. Leading 30-29 with 6:30 to play in the second, Miami went on a 32-2 run, doubling up the Knicks 62-31, just three minutes into the second half .

New York and Carmelo Anthony were out of sync all afternoon as the Knicks turned the ball over 24 times (13 times in the second quarter alone) and shot just 35-percent from the floor.

Anthony managed to scored 11 points on 3 of 15 shooting. J.R. Smith had 17 to the lead the Knicks, who got 10 from Baron Davis, all in the first half.

Tyson Chandler’s status for Game 1 was uncertain as he has been battling the flu. He played 21 minutes, but was hampered by early foul trouble and seven turnovers.

Dwyane Wade finished with 19 points. Mario Chalmers had 11 to go along with nine assists.

Game 2 is Monday night at 7:00 in Miami.

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