MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks greets LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on February 23, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
In what many labeled a statement game, riddled with media attention and a playoff like atmosphere, the Miami Heat defeated the New York Knicks 102-88.
Miami defended the perimeter effectively, harassing the Knicks into 39% shooting for the game. The Knicks big 3, (Carmelo, Lin & Stoudemire) shot a combined 12-38.
With their defensive intensity and athleticism at multiple positions, the Heat defended the pick and roll brilliantly. Miami's defense reeked havoc on Jeremy Lin, clogging the passing lane, trapping the pick and roll while helping and recovering seamlessly. The Heat forced the Knicks to commit 19 turnovers, 8 of which from Lin.
Dwayne Wade continued his stellar play with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists while Lebron James flirted with a triple double, racking up 20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals.
Miami has now won 8 straight games and will enter All Star Weekend with the longest current winning streak and best record in the NBA.
- It was the 8th straight victory for Miami by double digit margins
- Miami's big three each scored at least 20 points for the 1st time this season
- For the 8th straight game, the Heat held their opponent under 40% shooting
- Jeremy Lin had as many turnovers as points - 8
- The Knicks point guards (Jeremy Lin & Baron Davis) shot a combined 1-18
- Miami forced the Knicks to commit 15 of their 19 turnovers in the 1st half
- The Heat's "Big 3" outscored the Knick's "Big 4" 67 to 50