HEAT 99 KNICKS 93| MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
When the Knicks built a 14-point lead heading into the locker room, the fans at the Garden felt another 20-point blowout was close to becoming a reality against the defending champs.
However, down the stretch, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh delivered key buckets and a momentum changing run to escape New York with a 99-93 victory.
James found Shane Battier for a transition 3-pointer at the 7:56 mark of the fourth quarter to push Miami on top for the first time since the second quarter. Some back-and-forth action ensued but Wade’s hook shot over Jason Kidd and James putback layup provided a solid 91-87 cushion with 3:16 left in the contest.
Raymond Felton knocked the deficit down to just two points on a driving layup before Bosh answered on a pick-and-roll jumper.
Bosh hit another midrange shot as Miami built a 97-91 lead with 1:06 on the game clock. Just when the Knicks attempted a late comeback, James jumped the passing lane and crushed a one-handed jam to seal the first Miami win against the Knicks this season.
Carmelo Anthony was spectacular in the first half of action with 24 of his team-high 32 points. He was the key contributor in New York’s brilliant 37-point second quarter.
Jason Kidd re-discovered his shooting stroke by nailing 4-of-5 shots from downtown and scoring 14 points off the pine. J.R. Smith added 13 points and snatched 12 boards for the second consecutive game. Amar’e Stoudemire was efficient, hitting 5-of-7 shots from the floor for 12 points.
New York threw James White, Smith, and Anthony at James but the likely MVP fought through all defenders for 29 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. Wade posted 20 points and Bosh finished with 16 despite only shooting 7-of-17.
The Knicks still own the series advantage at 2-1 with one more showdown remaining between the two teams in the regular season.
“They made adjustments. We can’t beat anyone when we score 34 points in a half – it’s not going to happen. But, for the most part I was pleased with the effort we put out today. A couple of possessions towards the end of the game, a few turnovers – you can’t turn it over against Miami. They capitalize off guys mistakes and they did that coming down the stretch." -- Carmelo Anthony
Knick of the Night:
Anthony was on fire to start the game as he scored 17 of New York’s 22 first quarter points. The All-Star played 42 minutes, finished 9-of-19 from the field and 13-of-14 at the charity stripe.
The Knicks shot 81 percent from the free throw line today on 26 attempts.
The Knicks will board a plane to Cleveland tonight for a matchup against the Cavaliers on Monday evening.