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Wade: Late 1st-half run was key

5/3/2012

Baron Davis shook off Mike Miller and drove to the basket.

He converted a layup off glass and let off the kind of scream that a line backer yells after a game-sealing quarterback sack.

And Davis had every reason to celebrate.

The layup gave New York an 11-point lead with 1:44 to go in the first half. The playoff crowd at the Garden exploded, sensing that the home team was on the verge of getting a game on the Heat, and snapping a 12-game playoff losing streak.

But then Miami took over, finishing the half on a pivotal 7-0 run.

"I thought we did a great job of just chipping back, chipping back, chipping back as much as possible," Dwyane Wade said after Miami's Game 3 win.

Chris Bosh had a dunk, LeBron James hit a technical free-throw and a four-foot runner and Wade finished the half with a layup.

"So we go into halftime down four points," Wade said. "We understand that they've played pretty good and we haven't played as well as we could…. That gave us a little positive to go into the second half with."

Wade and James scored 31 second-half points to the Knicks' 30 to give Miami a 17-point win and a 3-0 series lead in the best-of-seven.