In a possible eastern conference 1st round preview of this years 2- 7 matchup, the Miami Heat defeated the New York Knicks on Sunday despite 42 points from Carmelo Anthony.
The Heat swept the season series with the Knicks, led by 29 points, 10 rebounds from LeBron James and 28 points and 8 rebounds from Dwyane Wade.
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.
The Knicks would also endure a scare late in the 3rd quarter, as Tyson Chandler would hurt his left knee on a layup drive against Joel Anthony.
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