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01:56, Jun 09 2014

MIAMI -- For LeBron James, the mask was distinctive. His effort, that was basically the same as usual. So, too, was the outcome for the New York Knicks. Playing with a dark carbon-fiber mask to protect his broken nose -- a "menacing" look is how Heat coach Erik Spoelstra described it -- James scored 31 points to help Miami beat the reeling Knicks 108-82 on Thursday night. "I tried to put pressure on the defence, tried to make plays and I was happy to be back on the floor," said James, who missed one game because of the nose, which got broken on Feb. 20 at Oklahoma City. James made 13 of 19 shots and topped 30 points for his fifth consecutive outing. He said he plans to play with a mask for the next couple weeks, at least. "As much as I dont like it, I have to figure out how to make it work," James said. Dwyane Wade added 23 points, shooting 10 for 13 from the field. The Heat outscored New York 23-3 over the final 7:02 of the third and won their sixth straight. The Heat shot 61 per cent, while the Knicks shot 37 per cent. No team shot better than 49 per cent against Miami in 10 games during February, and none of the last four Heat opponents have shot better than 40 per cent. "Where we need it to be," Wade said. "Thats how we win games." Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for New York, but none in the final 21:38. Tyson Chandler had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and J.R. Smith added 11 points for the Knicks, who fell to 2-10 in February. "I dont know if we got defused or what," Anthony said. We didnt bounce back." Raymond Felton, in his first game since being arrested on gun charges, missed six of seven shots and scored only two points for the Knicks. "No excuses," Felton said. Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen each scored 11 points for the Heat, who are 41-7 in February games over the last four seasons. James got the buzz for this one going just before tip-off, strapping the mask over the top half of his face, the deviation from the usual clear-plastic look enough to send Twitter users into some sort of commenting overdrive. "He played like Batman," Heat forward Chris Bosh said. More importantly to the Heat, the mask didnt seem to impair James vision much. James had 11 in the opening quarter, the Heat finished the period with a six-point lead and soon stretched the margin to 16 in the second quarter. A hook shot from Wade in the lane was his seventh straight make, giving Miami a 43-27 lead and indicating things would be a runaway. Eventually, they indeed would. But New York made it interesting for a bit. Anthony had a brilliant flurry, scoring all 16 of his second-quarter points in the final 5:52 of the period as New York erased just about every bit of that big Miami lead. Then with 8:36 left in the third, Anthony set up Smith for a jumper that got New York to 64-61. And from there, it was all Miami. Thats when the huge run to end the third got started. The Knicks missed 12 of their final 13 shots to end the third -- their only field goal in the final 8 1/2 minutes was a layup by Tim Hardaway Jr. -- and the Heat just got rolling. For some perspective, James had 12 points in the quarter while the Knicks, total, had 14. "We crumbled," Anthony said. "It got out of hand." Shane Battier set up James for a down-the-lane dunk that got Miamis lead back to double digits at 72-61 and the snowball just kept growing. A 10-0 run in the final 2:21 of the quarter turned it into a runaway; James got fouled by Anthony and turned it into a three-point play with 1:58 left, then beat Anthony on a cut and accepted a pass from Cole for an easy layup on the next possession. One trip later, Allen hit a 3-pointer, and just like that, Miamis lead was 23, the outcome quickly becoming academic. NOTES: It was the first time in Miami as an opponent for Hardaway, with the Knicks bench at the end of the court where Tim Hardaway Sr.s retired jersey number hangs from the rafters. ... Wade missed about three minutes in the first quarter to get an ankle re-taped. ... Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was among the stars in attendance. ... The Heat didnt get a single offensive rebound until the fourth quarter. cheap nfl jerseys . How theyre scoring, however, is a bit of an issue. With the likes of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Sam Gagner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ales Hemsky and No. 49ers Jerseys China . The Jets are 1-2-1 against Nashville this year despite outscoring the Predators 11-10. Blake Wheeler and Olli Jokinen lead Winnipeg with four points, while Craig Smith has four for the Predators. http://www.cheapjerseysnflchina.us/. No Oscar for Chelsea. Left on the bench. Willian to play his role centrally. No Fernandinho for Manchester City. cheap jerseys from china . -- Brock McGinn joined teammate Scott Kosmachuk atop the Ontario Hockey League goal scoring race on Tuesday, getting three goals and an assist while leading the Guelph Storm to a 6-3 victory over the Kitchener Rangers. wholesale nfl jerseys . The Bruins play their system and play it well no matter where they play. CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Reds are still trying to figure out how to cope with the loss of first baseman Joey Votto, who had surgery Tuesday for torn cartilage in his left knee and will be sidelined for three to four weeks. Their initial move was to replace him with a pitcher, giving themselves a backup plan in case Johnny Cuetos blister bothered him during his start Tuesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Beyond that, the NL Central leaders arent sure how theyll try to replace one of the leagues top hitters for up to a month. "Youre bombarding me with questions that I really dont have answers to right now," manager Dusty Baker said. "So lets take it today and then well see what we can do tomorrow. We have things in the works." Vottos injury gives the Reds more incentive to try to acquire another hitter to help them stay in contention. Theres no replacement ready in the minors. The first baseman is batting .342 and leads the National League in doubles, walks, on-base percentage and extra-base hits. Votto hurt the knee June 29 while sliding into base, but didnt think it was a significant injury and kept playing. He started at first base in the All-Star game Tuesday. When the knee began bothering him again over the weekend, he had an MRI on Monday evening that found the tear. He decided to have the surgery now rather than try to keep playing with the injury, which could get worse over time. Baker had a long talk with him about it Monday night. Baker hurt his left knee during his playing career but chose not to have surgery, which wasnt as advvanced then.dddddddddddd The knee caused him problems the rest of his career. "I just expressed some of the things the doctor expressed to him," Baker said. "Mine was a little different issue, where I didnt get mine done. I went through a number of cortisone shots and played my last 10 years when I should have had it done right away." The Reds put Votto on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and called up right-hander Todd Redmond from Triple-A Louisville. The Reds got Redmond from Atlanta on Saturday for shortstop Paul Janish in a swap of minor leaguers. Redmond was with Triple-A Gwinnett playing against Louisville when the trade was completed. He switched clubhouses, finished the series with his new team, then went to Columbus, Ohio, for a series when the Reds called him up. "Its real exciting, especially with the last couple of days -- getting traded, switching dugouts and looking at my team on the other side," Redmond said. Cueto developed a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand while throwing in the bullpen over the All-Star break. The Reds pushed his start back two days to give it time to heal. Starter Bronson Arroyo lasted only three innings in a 5-3 loss to Arizona on Monday night, forcing Baker to use his bullpen. With questions about Cuetos blister, the Reds decided to bring up another pitcher for the night. "I was in the bullpen deep and early yesterday, so we need some innings," Baker said. "Weve got a couple of guys who have thrown two of three days or three out of four days." ' ' '

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