Dwyane Wade, LeBron James too much for struggling Knicks to handle

A day that was full of excitement and confusion finally turned into night, meaning it was time for the Miami Heat and New York Knicks to collide for the first time this season. The confusion came from our old buddies at ESPN, who prematurely put out a report early in the afternoon that Dwyane Wade would not be playing in the night's game.

The Heat instantly disputed the report, saying that they would make their decision later in the day. Well, turns out that D-Wade would be good to go, and he made his comeback against the Knicks and did it in a big way. Dwyane was a difference maker on both ends of the floor, picking up 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line ad 5 dunks.

Wade's difference wasn't just felt on the offensive side of the floor. Wade also had 5 steals, 2 blocked shots, 4 assists and a pair of rebounds. His great effort was needed against the Knicks as they found a very effective way to compete with the Heat despite being without Carmelo Anthony and Baron Davis.

New York lived by the 3-pointer in this game, and for a while it looked as though they might just ride that shot all the way to victory. In the first half they hit 15 shots from downtown, and by the time the game was over had set a few records with their 3-point shooting. They finished 18-of-43 from beyond the arc, both of which are NBA-highs on the season. They are also records for a Heat opponent as well.

This marked the 6th time this season that Miami had allowed a team to make 10 or more 3-pointers against them, but the Knicks did it in the first half! Unfortunately for New York their hot shooting fizzled out in the 2nd half, as they made just 3 of their final 13 shots from downtown which allowed the Heat to pull away and pick up the victory.

GAME NOTES

  • The previous high for 3-pointers made against the Heat in a single game was 16. The Knicks broke that record tonight by hitting 18 shots from downtown.
  • LeBron James seemed happy to have his running made back out there. James finished with 31 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and hit 9 of his 10 free throws.
  • The Heat are now 9-1 in games that LeBron scores at least 30 points.
  • Miami finished the night with 10 team dunks; 5 for LeBron and 5 for D-Wade.
  • Joel Anthony was rather beastly in this one, blocking a season-high 6 shots. His previous high this season was 3.
  • Chris Bosh had a rough shooting night, making just 4-of-18 from the field. He did collect 9 rebounds and went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe, and its nice that he can have an ‘off night' and still have the Heat come away with a win.
  • As a team, the Heat's free throw showing continues to shine. They started out 12-of-12 and finished the game 23-of-26.
  • For the 9th time this season, the Knicks were held under 90 points.

Next up is another big time Eastern Conference opponent as the Chicago Bulls come to Miami for a 2011 Eastern Conference Finals rematch. Chicago comes in at 17-4, good for the best record in the NBA. Should be a great game at the AAA on Sunday.

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