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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Baron suffers back injury

By Ian Begley

Baron Davis' back is acting up again.

Davis said his back was stiff going into halftime after he ran into a few screens in the first half.

"The collision put my back in shock, but I should be alright for Monday," said Davis, who scored ten points in the first half.

Davis also said the Knicks need to stay composed in Game 2 on Monday.

Carmelo Anthony and Mike Woodson received technicals for complaining about foul calls. Amare Stoudemire was upset with officials after he was whistled for his third.

"We can't do that," Davis said. "Whether it's a good call or a bad call, we can't allow ourselves to get frustrated and have that affect us on the offensive end and ... the defensive end."

In all, Miami shot 33 free throws to the Knicks' 11. New York was whistled for 21 fouls in the first half; the Heat were called for eight.

SILENT STOUDEMIRE: After an active first quarter (four points, nice dunk on Chris Bosh), Amare Stoudemire went silent. He took just two shots in the final three quarter.

He finished with nine points on 2-for-7 shooting. He grabbed four rebounds and had five turnovers.

"We have to do a better job of taking our time offensively, moving the ball, keeping the floor spaced and knocking down shots," Stoudemire said.

LEBRON OUTSCORES NY's STARTING 5: LeBron James torched the Knicks for 23 points in the first half and a 32 in the game. He went 10-for-14 from the field and hit 11 of 14 from the line. The Knicks had no answer for him on defense. And he helped shut down Carmelo Anthony (3-for-15) by fronting him and making him catch the ball in tough spots on the floor.

Not a bad game.

In fact, he dominated New York so thoroughly, that he outscored the its starting five.

James' 32 points were two more than the Knicks starting five's 30. Knicks starters shot 9-for-33; James was 10-for-14. Knicks starters shot 11 free throws. James shot 14.

"He's on a mission," Mike Woodson said. "He's played that way all year."

KNICKS MAKE HISTORY -- THE BAD KIND: The Knicks' 33-point loss on Saturday was its worst playoff loss since 1991 and the fourth-largest deficit in a loss in franchise playoff history.... New York also tied a playoff record with 27 team turnovers. It's happened three previous times, most recently in 1991 against Chicago. The Heat scored 38 points off of turnovers .... Miami is just the fourth team in playoff history to score 100 or more and hold its opponent to under 70 points.

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