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Knicks no match for red-hot Heat

MIAMI -- LeBron James took the fourth quarter off. And Miami's postseason got off to a flying start.

James scored 32 points after shooting 10 for 14 from the field, Dwyane Wade added 19 points in his first game back after dislocating his left index finger and the Heat rode the strength of a 32-2 run to easily beat the New York Knicks, 100-67, in Game One of the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series on Saturday.

It was physical, it was heated -- and it was one-sided, too.

Mario Chalmers added 11 points and nine assists for Miami, which turned 27 New York turnovers into a franchise playoff-record 38 points.

"Our guys had a noticeable look in their eyes the last 24 hours," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.


Magic pull surprise

INDIANAPOLIS -- Don't count the Orlando Magic out just yet.

Jason Richardson and Jameer Nelson scored 17 points apiece to help sixth-seeded Orlando, playing without Dwight Howard, surprise the third-seeded Indiana Pacers 81-77 in Game 1 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series on Saturday night.

Howard, the Magic's leading scorer and the league's top rebounder, will miss the rest of the season after having back surgery. The Magic played defense Howard would have been proud of down the stretch, overcoming a seven-point deficit by holding the Pacers scoreless for the final 4:05.


Today's games

*The Spurs are carrying their sixth No. 1 seed in the Tim Duncan era. They open with the Jazz today (1 p.m., ESPN).

*The Lakers and Nuggets have met five times in the postseason, L.A. has won them all. Denver tries again this year, starting today (3:30 p.m., Ch. 7).

*The Celtics and Hawks start their best-of-seven series in Atlanta (7 p.m., TNT), which has home-court advantage despite being the lower-seeded team.

*The Clippers start only their fifth playoff series since leaving Buffalo in 1978 when they play in Memphis tonight (9:30 p.m., TNT).

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