The New York Knicks and Miami Heat are about to meet in a postseason series for the fifth time, starting Saturday. Miami has held the home-court advantage in every one, and all four went to an ultimate game with the Heat prevailing in 1997 and the Knicks winning in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
A look back:
1997: Heat 4, Knicks 3
Miami trailed the series 3-1, when the matchup - and New York's Charlie Ward - got flipped upside down. A fight in Game 5, sparked by Ward and Heat forward P.J. Brown getting tangled up under a basket, not only raised the intensity of the rivalry several notches but turned things in Miami's favor. Allan Houston, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and John Starks all were suspended for leaving the Knicks' bench to join the fight, and Miami won the last three games of the series by an average of 10.3 points.
Quotable: ''We're not a team to say, `We're going to go out and bust you.' We knew what we needed to do to get it done.'' - Heat guard Tim Hardaway.