So much for Linsanity. The Heat (27-7) stopped Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks (17-18) on Thursday by beating them 102-88. For Miami, this was their 8th straight win and all of them have been over 12 points. LeBron led the way with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks, but the whole team led the Heat to the victory.
Besides LeBron’s awesome performace, the whole Heat tem stepped it up. Chris Bosh had 25 points and Dwyane Wade had 22 on 10-22 shooting, his time in 12 games where he shoots under 50%. Joel Anthony had 5 blocks and Norris Cole also had ten points. Udonis Haslem had 9 rebounds and the Mario Chalmers played great defense on Jeremy Lin. The Heat started out sluggish, but really picked it up in the 2nd half.
The Heat really exposed Jeremy Lin and showed what his weaknesses were. He was a non-factor with 8 points and just as many turnovers. Melo had 19 points and Amare chipped in with 13, but J.R. Smith came off the bench for Landry Fields and played very well. Steve Novak had 12 points on 4-5 shooting, while only shooting 3 pointers.
This looked like it was going to be an amazing game in the first half, but the Heat ended it in the 3rd half. Miami pulled away and never looked back off of that. This was a big win against an energized Knicks team, and now they can go into the All-Star Break knowing that they disabled New York with their defense. Great way to end the first half of the season!