On a night when the Heat were missing Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 55 points while the rest of the Heat combined for only 37. Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to lead the New York Knicks (13-22) to a 102-92 win against the Miami Heat (27-9) Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting. Dwyane Wade put up 23 points on 11-of-15 but was also 0-6 from the free-throw line. Chris Bosh struggled all game, converting three of his 10 attempts and did not get to the line.
Bosh: "We left some points on the board. It was seems like one of those nights. And unfortunately it was here."
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) January 10, 2014
The Heat gave up 52 points in the paint to the Knicks. Miami’s defense did a poor job on its rotations and covering up the rim and New York took advantage despite being shot Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith. Andrea Bargnani had 19 points and Amar’e Stoudemire scored 14.
It’s an overreaction to react to any one Heat game, but Miami sorely missed Chalmers and Battier tonight. The Heat, as a team, shot just 33 percent from three (7-21) and Rashard Lewis struggled on both ends tonight. That said, coach Erik Spoelstra curiously benched Norris Cole for certain stretches of the game and the Knicks took advantage. Also, Michael Beasley only saw 9 minutes of action, the fewest since Christmas when he was benched for the game.
But for those still freaking out…
Everyone CHILL its JAN 9th #LetsGoHeat
— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) January 10, 2014
In the second part of its back-to-back, the Heat will play the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center Friday night. Dwyane Wade is hopeful he will play.