MIAMI -- Carmelo Anthony released his final shot of the night then skipped backward, already knowing the outcome. The shot was good. For Anthony and the New York Knicks, the outcome was even better. Relying entirely on jumpers, Anthony tied his career high with 50 points and the Knicks won their ninth straight game, topping the injury-depleted Miami Heat 102-90 on Wednesday night. \"I felt good tonight,\" Anthony said. There was no arguing that. Anthony finished 18 of 26 from the field, taking two dribbles to free himself from Shane Battier and make his last shot with 16.9 seconds remaining to get to 50 and send the Knicks bench into hysterics. It was the third time he scored 50 in his career, and it came with Miamis LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers all sidelined by injuries. \"I think just from the start of the game, its a feeling that you just have while youre out there on the court,\" Anthony said. \"Sometimes you get off to a good start and then you get cold the rest of the game, but tonight wasnt one of those cases.\" No, it was not. He made his first seven shots, and the fact that he had 37 points before notching any other statistic of note -- no rebounds, assists, steals or blocked shots until the third quarter -- let everyone in the building know that he was all about a scoring spree. And the Heat had no answers. \"Its an inopportune time to announce my candidacy for defensive player of the year,\" Battier said. \"Carmelo had a hell of a game. ... Thats a game that drives the analytics guys crazy because he didnt attempt a shot within 15 feet of the basket. Most nights, well take that every single time. And he made a ton of shots. Made a ton of shots. And thats to his credit.\" J.R. Smith scored 14 and Raymond Felton added 10 for New York. Chris Bosh scored 23 points for Miami, which beat San Antonio on Sunday without James, Wade and Chalmers, but managed only 32 second-half points against the Knicks. Mike Miller scored 18, Ray Allen finished with 16 and Norris Cole had 14 for the Heat, whose 17-game home winning streak was snapped. The Knicks beat the Heat in three of their four regular-season matchups. They likely would not meet again before the Eastern Conference finals. \"I dont think that team will lack confidence against anybody,\" Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. \"Thats just the nature of who they are.\" Miamis magic number for clinching home-court throughout the NBA playoffs remained at five, and the Heat already have the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference wrapped up. The Knicks now lead Brooklyn by five games in the race for the Atlantic Division title. It was only Miamis second loss in its last 31 games. Much of the star power was taken out of the equation more than eight hours before game time, when the Heat announced that James, Wade and Chalmers would not play. James has a sore hamstring, and Wade and Chalmers are dealing with ankle sprains. All are listed as day-to-day. \"The No. 1 thing, obviously, is try to get as healthy as we can,\" Spoelstra said. \"Obviously, thats a priority. From there, we have time to still try to improve -- not just stay in rhythm, but to improve, and also get these guys an opportunity that havent been getting minutes to play in these meaningful minutes. We didnt script San Antonio or this like this to happen, but thats what this league is about. Its unpredictable.\" Anthony surely did not mind their absences. He made three shots, a combined 65 feet of swished jumpers, in the games first 2:17 as the Knicks ran out to an 8-0 lead. Plenty of blue-and-orange shirts in the Miami crowd roared, and the early indications were that Anthony was on his way to a monster night and the Knicks were on their way to a blowout victory. That assessment was half-right. \"Unbelievable,\" Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. \"He just refused to let us lose.\" Anthony came in averaging 27.5 points and was practically there by halftime with 27 on 9-for-12 shooting -- a display the Knicks absolutely needed, since Miami more than held its own without James, Wade and Chalmers. After trailing by as many as nine early, Miami actually roared back to lead 58-50 at the half. Miller and Cole combined for 30 at the break; Millers 18 were five more than he had scored in any game this season. Anthony -- who had one more field goal than every other Knick managed, combined, in the first 24 minutes -- didnt exactly cool off at halftime. By the time the third quarter was 4 minutes old, Anthony was up to 37 points. \"We actually played pretty good defence on him,\" Miller said. Anthonys first rebound came with 7:02 left in the third, and his first assist came as the clock was expiring to end the period, setting up Steve Novak for a 3-pointer from the right corner that allowed New York to take a 78-76 lead into the final 12 minutes. Anthony actually went 10 minutes without scoring, then made two jumpers -- the second a 3-pointer -- 40 seconds apart, giving the Knicks a 95-88 lead with 3:32 left. The Heat had tied the game twice in the fourth, but never led after Novaks 3 that closed the third. \"My thing is to try to be aggressive, make shots,\" Anthony said. \"When you make shots, it makes the game so much easier.\" NOTES: It was the fourth time in 25 career games, including playoffs, that Anthony eclipsed the 40-point mark against the Heat. ... Wade and James looked on intently as the Heat showed a video to promote the looming playoffs after the third quarter. Wade shimmied his shoulders a bit afterward, and James started to nod at one of the final images -- his sideline dance in the final seconds of Game 5s title-clinching win over Oklahoma City last June. ... Rapper Flo Rida was at the game, as was actor Andy Garcia and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. ... Of the Knicks nine remaining games, six are against likely playoff-bound teams. Jerry Rice Jersey. Manager Clint Hurdle thought A.J. Burnetts solid outing on Sunday illustrated that idea perfectly. Burnett allowed one run in eight innings for his 16th win, and Josh Harrison tied a career high with four hits to jumpstart Pittsburghs offence in an 8-1 win over Houston to avoid a sweep. Steve Young Jersey. The Goldeyes lost for the first time in six outings against Sioux City 5-2 Saturday night at Lewis and Clark Park in Iowa. The team announced the moves before the opener of a three-game series against the New York Mets. Chris Heisey, who had been subbing for Stubbs in centre, was out of the starting lineup after leaving Thursdays game against Cleveland with a mild groin strain. Ronnie Lott Jersey. He did better than that. Votto hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the Cleveland Indians 4-2 Monday in the opener of their intrastate matchup. Colin Kaepernick Jersey. After the fifth inning, the manager could breathe a sigh of relief with his ace done for the night after a solid outing. Cueto threw five scoreless innings and Zack Cozart homered and drove in four runs to help the Reds to a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros. (Sports Network) - For a second straight season the Philadelphia Flyers have dug themselves a 3-0 hole against Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Flyers were able to post four straight wins last year against the Bruins to become the third team in NHL history to win a series after going down 3-0, but Boston will try to end this best-of-seven series tonight, when it hosts Game 4 at TD Garden. Philadelphia was a seventh seed last year when it pulled off the amazing comeback against the Bruins, but despite coming into this years series as the second seed in the East, the Flyers still found themselves in the same situation. You have to draw strength from everything youve gone through as a group, Flyers captain Mike Richards said. Its not the time to point fingers and not the time to get down. Its a time you have to stick together and come together as a group and hopefully, do something special. Outside of an overtime victory in Game 2, third-seeded Boston has battered the Flyers in this series, taking the opener in Philadelphia by a 7-3 score and notching a 5-1 triumph Wednesday night in Beantown. Zdeno Chara had two goals and an assist, David Krejci added a goal and two assists and Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist to give Boston the easy victory in Game 3. The Bruins can exorcise last years playoff demons tonight in Boston, and can do so with another strong performance from goaltender Tim Thomas, who stopped 37 shots on Wednesday. I think we all feel pretty good about our game right now and confident, said Boston forward Daniel Paille, who had a goal in the game. So the main thing for us is not to get too high and stay focused. Krejci has been a dominant force for Boston in this series, posting a goal in every game and registering eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) over the three games. Chara -- Bostons mammoth defenseman -- had gone 19 straight playoff tilts without scoring a goal before Wednesdays outburst. His last postseason tallies also came in a two-goal performance against Buffalo on April 17 of last year. Chara, a Norris Trophy finalist this year, also helped Boston end its lengthy playoff power-play drought when he notched his second goal on a 5-on-3 situation with 1:22 left in the game. Boston entered Game 3 with no goals on 28 opportunities with the man advantage and is now 1-for-32. With a win tonight, Boston will reach the conference finals for the first time since 1992, when theey were swept by Pittsburgh.dddddddddddd The Flyers found themselves down 2-0 just 63 seconds into Game 3 after Chara and Krejci tallied in the first period. That burst was all Thomas would need to make the lead stand up for the win. That was about as good a start as you could ask for, especially on home ice, said Thomas. It doesnt always work out that way. Definitely helped. It certainly helped from my perspective in goal. Thats for sure. Andrej Meszaros scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who pulled their starting goaltender for the sixth time in 10 playoff games. Philadelphia has used two netminders in all three tilts in this series, although Brian Boucher was pulled for injury reasons in Game 2 before returning to finish the contest. Boucher started between the pipes on Wednesday and was blitzed for four goals on 20 shots before being pulled just over 15 minutes into the second. Sergei Bobrovsky finished the game in net and stopped 7-of-8 shots. Bobrovsky is expected to get the start tonight. It would be the Russian rookies first start since Game 2 of Philadelphias first-round series against Buffalo. The Flyers got forward Jeff Carter back in the lineup Wednesday, but defenseman Chris Pronger missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury. Pronger is questionable for this evenings contest as well. Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid is expected to sit out a second straight tilt after sustaining a neck injury in Game 2. The Bruins collapse against the Flyers last year marks the only time they have lost a best-of-seven series after taking the first three games. Its also the only time Philadelphia has won a set when in that situation. The Flyers havent been swept since losing the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals to Detroit in four games. Bostons last sweep was against Montreal in the opening round of the 2009 postseason. Boston is 3-2 on home ice in these playoffs and had a 22-13-6 mark as the host during the regular season. If the Bruins are unable to clinch the series tonight then Game 5 will be played Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. The Flyers set a franchise record with 25 road wins during the regular season, posting a 25-11-5 mark away from home. Philly is 2-2 on the road this postseason. This is the sixth all-time playoff encounter between the Flyers and Bruins. Philadelphia has won three of those series and last years meeting was the first postseason battle between the clubs since 1978. ' ' '