NEW YORK - LeBron James scored 32 points, including eight straight to start the fourth quarter, to lead the Miami Heat to an 87-70 win over the New York Knicks on Thursday night - and gain a 3-0 lead in their series.
New York, meanwhile, set an NBA postseason record with its 13th straight playoff loss. The Heat held the shorthanded Knicks to eight field goals in the second half and will go for the sweep Sunday.
Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat and Mario Chalmers had 19, hitting consecutive three-pointers in the fourth quarter, when the Heat finally brought some beauty to what had been an ugly game.
Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points but shot 7 of 23 for the Knicks, who are playing without Amar'e Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin, and Iman Shumpert.
Clippers hurting after loss
Just two games into their first playoff run together, the Los Angeles Clippers are already hurting and hobbling. They're hoping a return home will allow everybody to get better quickly.
The Clippers took the day off Thursday after a highly eventful two-game opening set in Memphis. Los Angeles left with a split and seized home-court advantage in the series despite following up one of the biggest comebacks in playoff history with a 105-98 loss Wednesday night.
Before they prepare for their first home playoff game in six years, the Clippers are hoping to get a bit healthier.
Los Angeles lost Caron Butler in Game 1 with a broken left hand. In Game 2, Mo Williams bruised his right forearm, Eric Bledsoe bruised his left elbow, and Nick Young sprained his right thumb.
World Peace on TV
Suspended Lakers forward Metta World Peace will appear on the late-night comedy show Conan in his first extended one-on-one interview since he elbowed the Oklahoma City Thunder's James Harden in the head.
TBS said that World Peace would sit down with Conan O'Brien on Monday night.
- Associated Press