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Big Three lift Heat over Knicks

NEW YORK -- The Miami Heat finally came to Madison Square Garden, a sea of orange surrounding them in what looked like a playoff game.

Maybe that's all it took to bring out their best on the road.

LeBron James had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 points and nine boards, and the Heat overcame Carmelo Anthony's 42 points to beat the New York Knicks, 93-85, on Sunday to clinch the Southeast Division title.

Originally scheduled to be here in November, the Heat's lone regular-season game in New York came with the compressed regular season coming to a close -- and with a chance they'll be back again soon.

Wade said the game came at a good time for Miami.

"We were struggling, as in to play a complete game on the road, and what better place to come in and focus than here, where this team has been playing well and can embarrass you if you don't play your game."

Chris Bosh finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who pulled away in the fourth quarter of a possible playoff preview. Miami is second in the Eastern Conference and the Knicks came into the game tied for seventh, although they fell back behind Philadelphia after the loss.

Anthony had only two baskets in the fourth quarter, perhaps tired from playing 43 minutes.

JR Smith scored 16 points for the Knicks, who lost all three games against the Heat.

Still without the injured Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, New York didn't have the firepower to match Miami's Big Three for 48 minutes.


Lakers trip Mavs

LOS ANGELES -- Sure, Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers are well aware a regular-season sweep means nothing compared to a playoff sweep.

The Lakers are still pleased they're controlling this rivalry with the Dallas Mavericks heading to another postseason in which they just might meet again -- and they even did it without Kobe Bryant.

Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Gasol made back-to-back three-pointers in overtime, and the Lakers won their fourth straight game without the NBA's leading scorer, 112-108, over the Mavericks.

Ramon Sessions scored 22 points, and Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds as Los Angeles rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit before finishing off a four-game season sweep of the defending champion Mavericks, who swept the two-time champion Lakers out of last season's playoffs.

"This team eliminated us last year, and they're the champs right now," said Gasol, who buried his sixth and seventh three-pointers of the season in OT. "If we face them again, I don't know if this 4-0 in the regular season will be worth a whole lot."

With the Lakers holding the No. 3 spot in the West playoff picture and the Mavs at No. 6, both teams could meet again in two weeks. The Lakers boosted their lead over the Clippers atop the Pacific Division to 1 1/2 games.

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