Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Heat ousts Knicks, eyes Pacers

MIAMI — The horn sounded, and LeBron James wrapped his arms around Carmelo Anthony in an embrace. Their head-to-head scoring matchup in this series was even, 139 points each.

Just about everything else tipped Miami's way, so the Heat is moving on and the Knicks are going home.

James had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both scored 19 and the Heat ousted the Knicks 106-94 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Wednesday.

The Heat won the series 4-1 and hosts Indiana in the semi­finals starting Sunday.

"We do not take this for granted," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "This was a tough series."

The Heat has one goal: getting to and winning the Finals.

"We will savor this win tonight," James said. "And then we get to work tomorrow and get ready for Indiana."

Anthony scored 35 for the Knicks, including a jumper over James at the end of the third quarter that pulled New York within 81-67. It was far from being enough to stave off an all-too-familiar playoff result for Anthony. He has played 54 postseason games, being part of wins only 17 times.

"It was fun, man," James said. "He's one of the most competitive players I've ever played against in a playoff series."

Amare Stoudemire scored 14 as New York moved to 1-8 in playoff games with Anthony and Stoudemire as teammates.

Knicks guard Jeremy Lin said his surgically repaired left knee was only about 85 percent healed and decided not to risk coming back to play. "I'm mostly worried about just not having to suffer a real setback, which would be a new knee injury," he said.

NEW YORK (94): C.Anthony 15-31 3-4 35, Stoudemire 4-7 6-6 14, Chandler 3-6 1-2 7, Bibby 4-7 0-0 10, Fields 5-7 2-3 12, Smith 3-15 6-6 12, Jeffries 1-1 0-0 2, Novak 0-0 0-0 0, Douglas 1-1 0-0 2, Harrellson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-76 18-21 94.

MIAMI (106): James 7-16 13-15 29, Haslem 2-6 3-4 7, Bosh 8-15 3-3 19, Chalmers 4-11 0-0 10, Wade 7-19 5-7 19, Miller 3-5 0-0 9, Battier 2-4 3-3 9, J.Anthony 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 34-78 29-34 106.

New York 24 20 23 27— 94

Miami 28 27 26 25— 106

3-Point GoalsN.Y. 4-13 (Bibby 2-4, C.Anthony 2-5, Smith 0-4), Miami 9-19 (Miller 3-5, Chalmers 2-4, Battier 2-4, James 2-6). Fouled OutStoudemire. ReboundsN.Y. 42 (Chandler 11), Miami 50 (James 8). AssistsN.Y. 13 (Bibby 6), Miami 20 (James 7). Total FoulsN.Y. 23, Miami 18. TechnicalsC.Anthony, Fields, N.Y. defensive three second, James. A19,754.

Grizzlies coach backs down: Memphis coach Lionel Hollins backpedaled on his word choice in telling a TNT sideline reporter that the Clippers' "Chris (Paul) does a good job of flopping," ESPN.com reported.

"Flopping was the wrong word to use," Hollins said. "At that moment, I couldn't think of a better word"

But guard O.J. Mayo maintains the Clippers are using the strategy. "One team is a little better at acting than the other team," he said. "Those guys do flop."

Paul brushed off all the talk. "I could care less," he said.

Van Gundy wants return: Despite star Dwight Howard wanting his ouster, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy told Bright House Sports Network: "Yeah, I want to come back, but that's not up to me. … They'll make a decision when they make a decision. I'm not going to worry about it, I'll tell you that. … If they want to make a change, make a change. That's up to them."

Oden drinking: Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden, who was released by the Blazers after a career beset by injuries, told a former Ohio State teammate he partied too much with a cousin who was living with him and "that second year in Portland I pretty much became an alcoholic." Mark Titus, writing for the Grantland website, quoted Oden as saying: "When I played well, I'd drink to celebrate. And when I played poorly, I'd drink to forget." The website reported that the top pick in the 2007 draft does not plan to retire but will step away from the game for next season with the knowledge his career might be over.

Blazers future: Owner Paul Allen insists he's not selling the team and told fans in an open letter on the website, "I'm working hard to get this team back on track."

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