HHH Preview: Miami Heat Vs. New York Knicks

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat hit the homestretch in their quest for Eastern Conference regular season dominance with a marquee matchup against the Knicks at the AA Arena.

Today at 1PM, the Heat will welcome the Knicks to the friendly confines of AmericanAirlines Arena. It's the fourth and final regular season matchup between the two old foes. Miami's playing in the fourth game of a five game homestand. They started it out by defeating the Toronto Raptors 93-83 on Monday and a 96-77 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. They suffered a 122-121 double overtime loss to the Minnesota TimberWolves on Friday night. They'll close out by hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. The Knicks just closed out a two game homestand, beating the Nets 110-81 on Wednesday and losing to the Washington Wizards 90-89 on Friday. This is the first game of a two game road trip. They'll play the Raptors in Toronto on Friday.

The last time Miami faced the Knicks was on February 27th, when the Heat defeated New York 108-82. LeBron James scored 31 points on 13-of-19 shooting with four rebounds and four assists. Dwyane Wade pitched in with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen, and Norris Cole scored 11 points each. For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points with seven rebounds, and Tyson Chandler scored 19 with 16 boards. * Full RecapBox ScoreVideo Highlights

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra talked about James' "superhero" mask after the game:

I like the look of it. It looked kind of menacing. As long as he was aggressive, that was the big key.

Posting and Toasting has more on the Knicks.

Miami's last matchup was a 122-121 double overtime loss to the visiting TimberWolves. James scored 34 points with eight rebounds, five helpers, and four steals. Chris Bosh had 24 points with nine boards, and Chalmers had 24 with six assists and six rebounds. Kevin Love scored 28 points with 11 rebounds for the Wolves. * Full RecapBox ScoreVideo Highlights

Bosh talked about the loss afterward:

It was a weird, strange game. We had chance after chance. It just seems like this is how the season is going.

For more on the TimberWolves, go to Canis Hoopus.

The Knicks also lost by a single point on Friday, 90-89 to the Wizards. JR Smith led New York with 32 points, while Amar'e Stoudamire pitched in with 16 points and four rebounds. Bradley Beal paced Washington with 28 points and five rebounds. * Full RecapBox ScoreVideo Highlights

For more on the Wizards, head over to Bullets Forever.

GameTime: 1PM EST

Season Series: Miami leads, 2-1. New York won 102-92 at MSG on January 9th, and Miami took a 106-91 decision in the rematch on February 1st. In their first matchup in Miami this season, the Heat posted a 108-82 win on February 27th (see above).

All-Time Series: Miami has won 45-of-104 matchups against the Knicks, for a .433 winning percentage. The Knicks are the first team that Miami will have played 105 regular season games after today's game.

Standings

Miami Heat: 52-23, .693, on pace for a 57-25 season. First in the Southeast Division, first in the Eastern Conference, fourth in the NBA. Last five: W-W-W-W-L.

New York Knicks: 33-44, .429, on pace for a 35-47 season. Third in the Atlantic Division, ninth in the Eastern Conference, 20th in the NBA. Last five: L-W-W-W-L.

Pop in for the Game Thread, going live at 12:30 PM.

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