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Knicks Fall 100-67 To Heat In Playoff Opener

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A flu-hampered Tyson Chandler started for the New York Knicks, but it wasn't enough to hold back the Heat.

The Knicks came up short in their Eastern Quarterfinals playoff opener, losing 100-67 to the Heat Saturday in Miami.

Chandler, the Knicks' center whose status for the game was uncertain due to flu-like symptoms, started the game but was held scoreless in 17 minutes of play.

Carmelo Anthony was 3 for 15 from the floor to lead the Knicks with 11 points, while the Heat's LeBron James led all scorers with 32.

More than just the Knicks' pride was hurt in the game, as rookie guard Iman Shumpert tore his ACL and had to be carried off the floor. He will be out of the game for six to eight months.

New York lost all three of its matchups with the Heat this season, but the team finished the regular season with its best winning percentage since 2001.

The last time the Knicks got out of the first round of the playoffs was in 2000.

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