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                   === LeBron, Wade lead Heat past Knicks ===
 
 Miami,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - A broken nose, a protective mask and the New
 York Knicks couldn't stop LeBron James on Thursday.
 
 Dwyane Wade was pretty good, too.
 
 James  and  Wade combined  for 54  points on  an incredibly efficient shooting
 display  as the  Miami  Heat pounded  the reeling  Knicks  108-82 at  American
 Airlines Arena.
 
 James,  one week after suffering a broken nose in a win over the Thunder, shot
 13-of-19  from the floor and finished with 31 points. The four-time league MVP
 missed  Monday's victory  over the  Bulls  because of  the injury  and wore  a
 protective black mask over the top half of his face in Thursday's rout.
 
 "I  was able to  get a carbon-fiber (mask), which is actually lighter than the
 one  I'd  been wearing in practice.  It came through  at the last minute and I
 went with it," James said.
 
 Wade  added 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Heat, who shot 60.3 percent
 overall  and pulled away for their sixth consecutive win with a dominant third
 quarter.
 
 The  free-falling  Knicks have dropped  four straight  and seven of their last
 eight  despite a  29-point effort  from Carmelo  Anthony and  a 19-point,  16-
 rebound showing from Tyson Chandler.
 
 New  York trailed by  16 in the second quarter but chipped away at the deficit
 and pulled within 55-50 at the break.
 
 Hopes  of a  comeback quickly  dwindled in  the third,  however, as  they were
 outscored  by a  32-14 margin  as  a result  of Miami  hitting 12-of-17  (70.6
 percent) of their shots.
 
 Wade  capped  an 11-0 run  with a  three-point play that  put Miami ahead by a
 75-61  margin  with under  four minutes  left in the  period, and James scored
 seven points on a quarter-ending 10-0 surge that made it an 87-64 rout.
 
 "We  just didn't  respond," New York head coach Mike Woodson admitted. "It was
 like we went blank and stopped playing."
 
 The benches emptied in the fourth with the outcome no longer in doubt.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 James  has scored 30 or more in his last five games ... Ray Allen, Norris Cole
 and  Mario Chalmers  all had  11  points for  Miami ...  Knicks guard  Raymond
 Felton,  two  days after being  arrested on gun  charges, shot 1-of-7 from the
 field for two points ... The Knicks had won four of the previous six meetings,
 including  their previous two trips to South Beach ... New York has lost three
 straight and eight of its last nine road games.
 
 
 02/28 02:28:49 ET