April 28, 2012 12:00 AM
" There was a time when it looked like the Knicks might have a chance of pulling out an upset in Game One of their series with the Heat.
And then the second quarter happened. By the time it was over, the Heat were up by 23 and well on their way to an easy 100-67 victory.
Things actually didn't start out too bad for the Knicks in the second and they had cut a six-point Miami lead down to one five minutes into the period despite getting almost nothing from Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire. From there, though, things went off the rails like a runaway train in a Michael Bay movie.
The Heat went off on a 24-2 run to close the half fueled in equal measures by Knicks turnovers, referee whistles and LeBron James. They gave the ball away 13 times in the second quarter, a mind-boggling number even if you account for the fact that the Heat are very good at playing defense.
Some of those turnovers were offensive fouls which contributed to the Knicks being whistled for 20 infractions compared to just eight for the Heat "
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