Apr 15, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) scores from under the basket during the second quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Chris Bosh had one of his best rebounding games of the season, finishing with 16 points and 14 rebounds on 8-14 shooting.
The Miami Heat got off to a fast start, led by the big 3, who outscored the entire New York Knicks team 23-22 after the 1st quarter.
The Knicks would rally in the 2nd quarter and take a 34-33 lead off a layup from J.R. Smith at the 4:10 mark. Frustrated with Miami's defensive lapses, Dwyane Wade would spike the ball in frustration.
The Heat would close the half on a 5-0 run and go into the break with a 46-44 lead.
For the 2nd time this season, Lebron James stepped on a fans foot and inadvertently rolled his left ankle. He would stay down but continued to play.
After being down by 9 with 2 minutes left, the Knicks would go on a run to close the 3rd and head into the 4th quarter down 71-68.
The Heat were carless with the basketball in the 4th quarter, with Wade committing 4 turnovers in the first 5 minutes, including back to back steals from rookie Iman Shumpert.
James and Wade would lead an 8-1 run and the Heat would post a 87-80 lead with 4:08 left in regulation.
- Wade and James combined for 12 turnovers
- Heat's big 3 scored 78.5% of the teams points (73/93) highest this season
- Knicks snapped their 9 game home winning streak
- The Heat won the rebounding battle 47-33
- Knicks were held to 42% shooting
- J.R. Smith was the only Knicks player other than Anthony in double digit scoring
- The Heat clinched the Southeast division title