12-GAME LOSS: Wade turns up Heat in playoff
MIAMI: DWYANE Wade scored 25 points while Chris Bosh added 21 points and LeBron James added 19 to power the Miami Heat over New York 104-94 on Monday, extending the Knicks' NBA playoff winless streak to 12 games.
The Knicks suffered their 12th playoff loss in a row over multiple seasons, having not won a playoff game since 2001, to match the record NBA playoff losing streak established by the Memphis Grizzlies from 2004 through 2006.
Miami seized a 2-0 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series with game three scheduled for Thursday at New York.
"We've just got to withstand anything they throw at us and find a way to get it done," Wade said.
In the night's other Eastern Conference playoff matchup, Indiana had 18 points each from David West, Danny Granger and George Hill in a 93-78 rout of visiting Orlando to level their series at one victory each.
At Miami, Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds while Amare Stoudemire added 18 points for the Knicks, who managed only one basket from the field in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter as the Heat pulled ahead 92-77 and coasted to the finish.
Wade scored 19 points in the first half, countering 21 points by Anthony in the first half and igniting the Heat attack quickly.
"I just wanted to be aggressive from the start," Wade said. "Last game I started to get my legs under me. Early on, I wanted to be aggressive and I got a couple of shots to go." James added a game-high nine assists and seven rebounds for Miami.
At Indianapolis, the Pacers rebounded from a game-one loss to snap a six-game win streak in Indiana by the Magic, although most of those triumphs came with now-injured All-Star center Dwight Howard in the Orlando lineup.
The Pacers outscored Orlando 51-34 in the second half, denying the Magic on a second-quarter run and adapting to dominate the second half.
"We were able to handle their run early in the second and we made some adjustments in the third quarter," West said. "I thought our aggressiveness was the difference." AFP