Miami Heat 102, New York Knicks 91
LeBron James: A
13-22 FG, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 5 turnovers, 38 points
LeBron scored 12 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter to help the Heat pull away despite J.R. Smith hitting 3-pointer after 3-pointer. LeBron got off to a rough start, turning the ball over four times in the opening period, but found his groove and ended up taking the game over.
Chris Bosh: B
5-7 FG (1-3 3FG), 7 rebounds, 14 points
It was another quiet game for Bosh, but he was efficient. After Smith made a 3-pointer with 1:51 left to bring the game within six, Bosh answered with a 3-pointer of his own to hammer the nail in the coffin.
Shane Battier: B+
2-2 FG (2-2 3FG), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 6 points
With Dywane Wade, Greg Oden and Chris Andersen out, Battier was forced back into the lineup. He hit both of his 3-pointers and defended Carmelo Anthony well for much of the game. He didn’t need to do much on offense, but his defense was fresh and really lifted the team. He gets an extra plus because he hadn’t played more than six minutes in about a week. Erik Spoelstra said it was “Shane at his best.”
Miami Heat: A
34-61 (12-27 3FG), 22-30 FT, 35 rebounds to New York’s 38, 22 assists to New York’s 18, 16 turnovers to New York’s 10
After falling behind 16-3 to open the game, the Heat outscored the Knicks 99-75 the remainder of the contest. The defense was very strong despite J.R. Smith scoring 32 points on a series of heat checks. The Heat did good job closing out the 3-point shooters. Smith could have scored 50 today on a lesser defense. Anthony scored just 13 points on 4-17 shooting and never found a rhythm. The offense was strong and revolved around LeBron. This was a strong Heat performance when they needed it after a tough loss to Minnesota and a rough few games ahead.
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