Red hot Heat wade past Knicks
Dwyane Wade scores 55 to fire up Miami Heat for playoffs as Cavaliers crush Celtics.
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2009 10:31 GMT

Got air? Wade climbs for another score [EPA]

Dwyane Wade scored a career-high 55 points to help the Miami Heat tune up for the NBA playoffs with an impressive 122-105 victory over the New York Knicks.

The victory ensured the Heat would be seeded fifth in the Eastern Conference and Wade emphasised Miami's desire to maintain momentum into the post-season.

Wade missed Glen Rice's team record by a point.

"He could have went for a million the way he was shooting," said teammate Michael Beasley, who finished with a career-best equalling 28 points and a personal best 16 rebounds.


Wade nailed six three pointers on his way to scoring 50 or more points for the third time this season after he hit the ground running from the opening tipoff.

"Early on I was on the court and had it locked in," said Wade, who scored 16 points in the first quarter.

"I knew it was going to be one of those nights."

The NBA's leading scorer hit his 50th point with 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter and left the game with 1:06 to go in the fourth.

Al Harrington and Wilson Chandler each tallied 21 points for New York.

Cavs down Celts

LeBron James scored 29 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Boston Celtics 107-76 on Sunday to move within one win of the league's record for home victories in a season.

Cleveland, 39-1 in their home arena, can equal the 1985-86 Celtics' NBA record of 40-1 with a home victory over Philadelphia in Wednesday's regular-season finale.

"Whenever you can get a record as a team or as an individual, you should be proud of it," James said.

"Every guy thought, 'You know what? I am going to win this game for us tonight.' I told our guys I understand that you want to win, but that's not how you do it"

Celtics coach Doc Rivers

"We should be proud of what we did today."

Although Sunday's contest was a meeting of the Eastern Conference's top two teams, the outcome was never in doubt after the league-leading Cavaliers (65-15) raced to a 31-9 first quarter advantage over the Celtics (60-20).

"It was really fun," said James, who had 10 points in the quarter.

"I looked up at the scoreboard and they were shooting 15 per cent. It was unbelievable."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he thought his players forgot how to play as a team.

"Every guy thought, 'You know what? I am going to win this game for us tonight,'" Rivers said.

"I told our guys I understand that you want to win, but that's not how you win.

"You win by playing together. We have been such a great ball movement team, but we were not tonight."

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