Last night Miami took care of business, and protected home court by defeating the Knicks 104-94. The Heat will now travel to New York with a 2-0 lead in the series.
Carmelo Anthony started the game strong. He was a lot more assertive in his offense, made quick decisions, and drained several jumpers in the face of Shane Battier. Iman Shumpert tore his ACL in game 1, and the Knicks felt the lack of his defensive presence in this game, as Dwyane Wade was on fire. Wade managed to find his way into the paint, getting a few easy dunks and layups.
Following James’ game 1 outburst, the Knicks defense made the adjustment, double-teaming LeBron early and often. James managed to find his teammates, and racked up 9 assists.
The score was pretty even, but Miami kept control of the game throughout. Six Heat players scored in double figures, led by Dwyane Wade’s 25 and Bosh’s 21. Carmelo Anthony scored 30, while Stoudemire added 18 for the Knicks. Both teams did a better job of taking care of the basketball compared to game one. Heat had 8 turnovers while forcing the Knicks to 13.
Everyone in Miami’s camp stressed that the series is by all means not won, and all the team has done so far is protect home court.
Following the game, reports came in that Amar’e Stoudemire had punched a glass in frustration, injuring his hand. It is still unclear how severe the injury is and whether he will play the next game in Madison Square Garden. Amar’e later tweeted an apology to the fans and his teammates for his reckless behavior.
The series will resume on thursday, at 7 PM eastern.