Going into the NBA playoffs, the Miami Heat were heavily favored to win their series against the New York Knicks, who barely made the playoffs as it was and would not be brining Linsanity with them. And while it still may not be a surprise that Miami took it over the Knicks last night in a 106-94 victory, the Heat know that “it’ll only get tougher from here,” as said by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
The Heat brought everything they had to their home court last night and The Big Three showed up in a big way. Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade both put up 19 points while LeBron James scored 29 points of his own, along with getting eight rebounds and seven assists. On Sunday they’ll host Indiana as the Eastern conference semifinals begin.
Eyes weren’t on the Heat at all times though. During the third quarter Carmelo Anthony made a huge shot with the spinning flair that brought the game closer, at 81 — 67, but still in favor of the Heat. “They’re a tough defensive team,” Carmelo said after the game. “They stick to what their schemes are.”
Inarguably the Heat are happy that they’re moving onto the second round, but the celebration will be short-lived. “We will savor this win tonight,” said LeBron James. “And then we get to work tomorrow and get ready for Indiana.”
Going by stats and favorites, there’s no doubt that they will be.