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'The Decision' sealed Knicks' fate

When LeBron decided against New York, this lopsided series was inevitable

Updated: May 4, 2012, 12:34 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Pat Riley was reclining in a chair before a mounted TV, watching the final minutes of Game 3 in a back room of his old gym, Madison Square Garden. The overlord of the Miami Heat had his jacket off and his arms crossed as he sat near a table littered with popcorn boxes, looking very much like a fan.

With victory certain, Riley had walked out of the Garden stands and retreated to this room marked "Miami Team Executives." He was in there with his wife, Chris, who was clapping and woo-wooing ...

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