Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/1/12

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.

1: Holding home court

Oklahoma City and Miami both did what they had to do: hold home court and take 2-0 series leads. OKC dispatched Dallas with a flurry of incredible individual play and tough D down the stretch. Granted, the Thunder's weakness continues to be an over-reliance on "hero-ball" (cliche du-jour! DRINK!!), but they have the heroes to do it, so it's worked so far.

Miami had to work hard for its 2-0 lead. The Knicks hung around within striking distance (not an Amar'e pun) but couldn't punch through (sort of an Amar'e pun). Carmelo Anthony had 30 for the Knicks, but the Heat's Big 3 combined for 65 points in the 10 point win. But all that anyone is talking about in this game today is this:

Amare's getting crushed today. I'm starting to wonder if we've seen the end of him in New York.

2: Indy gets its groove back

For a little while there, it looked like the Magic were going to do the improbable and take a 2-0 lead of their own back to Orlando. But that's why they play full games and don't stop at the half.

The Pacers used a 30-13 third quarter to pound the Magic 98-73. For all the good Orlando might have done in the first half of that game, the second half was a disaster. Glen Davis, who played pretty well against the much taller Roy Hibbert, fell apart in the second half, finishing with a 5-16 shooting performance and a game low -30.

Orlando's fire and perseverance without Dwight is a nice story. And they can certainly be dangerous as currently constituted. But if Indiana just plays its game, they have more than enough to win three more in a row.

3: HIGHLIGHTS!!!

Dwyane Wade helps Mike Bibby with his shoe

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