The Heat defeated the Knicks Sunday Afternoon, 102-91, to maintain their hold on first place in the Eastern Conference. The win pushes the Heat record to 53-23 on the season.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with a game-high 38 points, to go along with six assists and five rebounds. Mario Chalmers finished with 15 points, four assists, and four rebounds. Chris Bosh added 14 points and seven rebounds.
For the Knicks, J.R. Smith scored a team-high 32 points, connecting on 10 three-pointers. Raymond Felton finished with 15 points and five assists. Carmelo Anthony added 13 points, along with six assists and five rebounds.
This game started off a poorly as possible for the Heat. Not only did they fall behind 16-3, but they also got four turnovers in the first three minutes from LeBron. They were able to turn it around and close the first quarter out on a 22-10 run to trail by just one, 26-25. They lost the second quarter by one point as well (24-23), going into halftime trailing 50-48. The Heat came out and dominated the third quarter, winning it by 11 (25-14), to take a 73-64 lead into the fourth quarter. In that third quarter, James scored 10 of the 25 points. The Heat outlasted the Knicks by two points in the fourth (29-27), to hold on for the win. James had another big quarter, scoring 12 points in that fourth to help ensure the victory.
Another missed game for Dwyane Wade and Greg Oden, making that six in a row. The Heat were also with Chris Andersen, who had some back and knee issues. The Heat got an energy lift from the play of Toney Douglas today, which was unexpected but very welcomed. His defense and tenacity are great to see, even if the box score only says five points, three rebounds, and three assists.
The Heat’s next game is Tuesday, when the Brooklyn Nets (42-34) make another trip to AmericanAirlines Arena. The tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm.
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