The New York Knicks lost their 13th playoff game in a row and set a new league record when they were defeated 87-70 by the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
The Knicks, who have not won a playoff game since 2001, played without three of their players, Amar'e Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert.
Stoudemire is nursing the hand he cut when he punched the glass door of a fire extinguisher box after Game 2. He said he hopes to be back for Sunday's Game 4.
Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points for the Knicks, but LeBron James' 32 points included eight straight points in the fourth quarter that gave the Heat an indomitable lead.
The Knicks now must win Sunday's game or lose the entire series.
Knicks fans who spoke with NY1 on Thursday were not too confident their team would come back and win the series.
"I don't think they can. Look at the performance of the first three games, they're not playing well enough to beat the sweep," said a fan.
"Miami's defense is too much," said a second.
"So focused on defense, I think we forgot about offense. I'm going to go cry in the shower," said a third.
Game 4 is Sunday at three-thirty at the Garden.