That was all little stuff, compared to what was coming. Said Woodson: "All hell broke loose."
Mike Miller's 3-pointer with 2:22 left in the half capped a run of 13 straight points by the Heat, and they were just getting started.
After making both free throws awarded for the Chandler foul, James banked in a 20-footer from the left wing while getting hit by Smith 10 seconds later for what became a five-point possession for Miami.
"I thought it was a legal pick, honestly," Chandler said.
And James still wasn't done, first hitting a fadeaway with 48 seconds left, then a layup while getting hit by Jared Jeffries with 3 seconds left in the half.
"Spectacular," Spoelstra said of James' flurry. "His play spoke for itself. It seemed on both ends of the court he had his hands on every single play, in some form or another."
The run then was 24-2. The lead was 54-31. For good measure, the Heat scored the first eight points of the third quarter as well, making it 62-31.
"Very eager to start this series off right," Heat forward Chris Bosh said.
A bad day got even worse for the Knicks midway through the third.
Shumpert — who started the final 17 games of the regular season after Jeremy Lin had knee surgery — was carried off the court by teammates after going down in almost the exact spot as where the Chandler-James collision took place.
Shumpert was bringing the ball up the right sideline and tried to dribble behind his back when he pulled up and immediately grabbed at his left knee. He was brought into the Knicks' locker room for evaluation, and as he was lifted from the floor Anthony looked at the scoreboard, shaking his head in disbelief.
Absolutely everything was going Miami's way.
"We're just trying to play our game," Wade said, "trying to come out and take care of business."
James provided the exclamation point with 1.4 seconds left in the third quarter.
He made a 3-pointer over Anthony, and then got the fourth quarter off. Through three quarters, the entire Knicks roster had only outscored James by 15, and Miami took an 81-47 lead into the final 12 minutes.
"I think the Miami Heat right now are feeling great about their performance," Stoudemire said. "Which they should."
NOTES: The 33-point victory margin was the second-largest in Heat history. ... Toney Douglas (virus) was inactive for the Knicks. ... Lin had a lengthy shooting workout before the game. ... All fans sitting courtside were to receive a version of the Nike sneakers James is wearing in this year's playoffs. ... Woodson was captured by television cameras before the game telling his team in a huddle, "It is a process to win an NBA title."
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