LeBron James scored 32 points, including eight straight to start the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat pull away late to take a 3-0 lead over the New York Knicks, winning 87-70 on Thursday night at the Madison Square Garden.
James had 17 points in the final period for the Heat, who held the short-handed Knicks to eight field goals in the second half and will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon.
Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat and Mario Chalmers had 19, hitting consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, that put the game away.
Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points but shot 7-of-23 for the Knicks, who are playing without Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert and needed a super effort from Anthony that he didn’t come close to providing.
The Heat won the opener by 33 points and took Game 2, 104-94 on Monday, when the Knicks’ biggest problems came after the game.
Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher case in the arena and badly cut his left hand, needing surgery Tuesday to repair a muscle. He sat on bench with his arm in a sling.