Miami led 27-21 after the first quarter and appeared well on their way to a comfortable victory. The trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Norris Cole were clicking offensively, and the Knicks were struggling to score for a majority of the quarter. The Heat used crisp ball movement and waited until they had the best shot.
From there, things took a turn for the worst. The Knicks cut the lead to five going in to halftime, but outscored the Heat by nine in the 3rd and six in the 4th to ultimately secure the victory.
The Knicks were led by a solid team effort without the presence of J.R. Smith, who was a DNP-CD. Amar'e Stoudamire played particularly well, especially down the stretch, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and was a +20 in 27 minutes. After a rough first quarter, Carmelo Anthony finished the game with a solid 29 points on 50% shooting.
The Heat were led by LeBron James and his 32 points on 12/17 shooting, as well as Dwyane Wade with an efficient 23 points on 11/15 shooting from the field. Unfortunately, Norris Cole slowed down and didn't score in the second half, and Chris Bosh just never found his rhythm, and even strong nights from LeBron and Dwyane wasn't going to be enough to save Miami.
The bottom line is that the Heat missed too many free throws down the stretch and couldn't get stops when they needed to pull out the win.