Heat Burn Knicks 87-83

Published May 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Miami Heat burned the New York Knicks 87-83 in the opener of the second-round playoff series in Miami Tuesday and will try for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven matchup. 

The Knicks didn't make a basket in the final 5:34 and Alonzo Mourning didn't miss in the final minute, scoring as he took a feed from Dan Majerle giving the Heat a 2 point lead with only 41.8 seconds to go. 

Miami regained possession when PJ Brown tipped an Allen Houston pass and Mourning swished a 17-footer with 5.6 seconds left. 

Brown set heat playoff records with nine rebounds in the first quarter and 12 in the first half. 


The LA Lakers crushed the Phoenix Suns 105-77 in the opener of their Western Conference semifinals. 

Shaquille O'Neal overcame a 1-for-7 shooting performance in the first quarter to score 37 points, seize 14 rebounds and block four shots. 

"When I get the ball in the blue area, there's not much anybody can do. I'm a pretty skillful guy," AP quoted O'Neal. 

Game 2 will be held Wednesday at Staples Center before the best-of-seven series moves to Phoenix for Games 3 and 4 - (Several Sources). 



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