In what was a playoff like atmosphere, the Miami Heat and New York Knicks once again fueled their historic rivalry on Sunday.
Coming into today, the New York Knicks had beaten the Miami Heat twice already, in convincing fashion. The game started with the same symptoms with the Knicks leading by as many as 16 points early.
Miami fought back in the 2nd half, lead behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who both carried the Heat down the stretch. James finished with a team high 29 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and sealed the game with a key steal and dunk in the closing seconds.
Wade had another great, "quite" all around game, finishing with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Wade came through with a few timely baskets in the 4th quarter and helped the Heat rally back. Miami outscored the Knicks 54-34 in the second half.
With this victory, the Heat have now won a franchise record, fourteen straight games. Miami also sits seven games a top the eastern conference.
Carmelo Anthony was sensational, scoring 25 of his game high 32 points in the first half. Carmelo was very aggressive and efficient, shooting 13 of 14 from the foul line but cooled off in the second half.
In their previous two losses to the Knicks, the Heat gave up 18.5 3-pointers on 47% shooting. The Heat did a much better job today, holding the Knicks to 43% shooting and 8-29 from 3-point range.
At this point, Chris Bosh and the word rebound shouldn't even be used in the same sentence. I'm willing to bet any of you that if given the opportunity, I could have grabbed more rebounds than Bosh did today. Oh by the way, Bosh finished with 1 rebound.
The Heat are now 1-2 against the Knicks this season.