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Heat Vs. Knicks, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 5: Miami Leads By 11 At Half

The Miami Heat are looking to close out the New York Knicks on Wednesday night after failing to complete the sweep at Madison Square Garden in Game 4. Miami pushed their lead to double digits in the first half, taking a 55-44 lead into the locker room at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami came out firing, shooting better than 45 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc. As you'd expect, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade lead the way with double figures, but Mike Miller came off the bench and hit three quick three-pointers to provide a big boost. James, as he has all series, did most of his damage at the free-throw line, hitting seven of eight from the charity stripe to finish with a team-high 13 points. LeBron also added six assists while Wade finished with 12 points.

Carmelo Anthony leads all scorers with 15 points, and the Knicks haven't had too much trouble scoring but they simply can't get any stops on the other end. Miami will look to keep up the offensive pace and finish off the series over the final 24 minutes.

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