THE FACTS: The Miami Heat defeated the New York Knicks 106-94 Wednesday to win the series 4-1. The Heat advance to play the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The series begins Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat were led by LeBron James , who finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Guard Dwyane Wade and forward Chris Bosh each scored 19 After falling to the Knicks in Game 4, the Heat made sure the series would not return to New York by producing one of their most balanced offensive efforts of the season. They had four players in double-figures (Mario Chalmers), and two others with at least nine points (Mike Miller and Shane Battier). Although the Knicks rallied from an 11-point deficit to take Game 4, the Heat this time kept on the pressure. They led by double-digits the entire second half. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 35 points QUOTABLE: “We feel good about moving on and it will only get tougher from here …”This next series, I’m sure, it will feel like it’s played in a cage, it’ll be that physical. We’ll see what adjustments we have to make.” — Heat coach Erik Spoelstra THE STAT: The Heat made 29 of 34 free throws. It was a sign they were aggressive in attacking the basket, which is when Miami plays its best basketball. TURNING POINT: The Knicks kept things close in the first half, trailing 44-40 at one point. The Heat then closed with an 11-4 run to push the lead to double-digits. It basically eliminated any momentum the Knicks had built. QUOTABLE II: “We had opportunities but you have to give the Miami Heat credit because every time we made a run and cut the lead to ten or eleven points, they made plays coming back the other way. That is what great teams do.” — Knicks coach Mike Woodson HOT: James put together another solid all around game. His efficiency was most impressive. He scored 13 points from the foul line. NOT: J.R. Smith finished 3 of 15 from the field. With the Knicks already short-handed, production was needed from the bench. Smith wasn’t the answer. GOOD MOVE: After Mike Bibby got loose for eight first-quarter points, the Heat finally made an effort to account for him. Swingman Mike Miller defended Bibby much of the second half, slowing his production.
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