Tonight at 7:30PM, the Miami Heat (8-7) will visit the Knicks (4-13) in Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City. Tonight will mark the first of three games this season between the Knicks and the Heat. They'll have rematches in Miami on February 9th and back in New York City again 11 days later. Miami is starting a quick back-to-back roadtrip. They'll also play the Washington Wizards tomorrow night before heading back to South Florida. The Knicks are opening a three game homestand. They'll host the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
Miami hasn't played New York since April 6th near the end of last season. The 52-23 Heat hosted the 33-44 Knicks at the AAA in Miami, FL. Miami won the game, 102-91 as LeBron James led the team with 38 points on 13-of-22 shooting. He added six boards and five assists. Mario Chalmers led three other players in double figures with 15 points, and Udonis Haslem collected a season-high 11 rebounds. JR Smith had 32 points with five rebounds, three assists, and two steals for the Knicks. Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 11 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony had 13 points and six assists, and Raymond Felton scored 15 points with five assist and four steals. * Full Recap * Box Score
I wasn't awake yet. I had four turnovers in the first quarter. It was a slow start on my part for sure. I owned that from the beginning but I figured it out from there. - LeBron James, explaining his four turnovers in the first quarter.
Posting and Toasting is your source for the Knicks.
Miami's last contest would see the Heat stick close to the Golden State Warriors for three quarters before watching them pull away for a 114-97 win. Stephen Curry led all players with 40 points by shooting the lights out from distance, going eight-of-11. Andrew Bogut grabbed 10 rebounds and Klay Thompson had 24. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 26 points and nine rebounds, while Luol Deng had 16 points, Mario Chalmers had 14, and James Ennis had eight points and eight rebounds. * Box Score * Full Recap
I don't really get what we think or what we do down the stretch against good teams, the elite teams. For some reason we just forget everything - offense and defense execution. - Bosh
You can find more on the Warriors at Golden State Of Mind.
On Friday night, the Knicks were taken apart by the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-78. Russell Westbrook scored 32 points with eight assists and seven rebounds, Steven Adams had 13 boards, Serge Ibaka had 14 with six rebounds, and Reggie Jackson had 10 points, six rebounds, four helpers and two steals. For the Knicks, Amar’e Stoudamire scored 20 with nine rebounds off the bench. * Full Recap * Box Score
It was exciting, man. I'm just blessed to be able to go out and play the game I love to play, especially with my teammates. The crowd was great, the energy was high. So it was fun to be out there. - Westbrook, playing in only his second game of the season.
Check out the Oklahoma City Thunder blog, Welcome to Loud City for more.
GameTime: 7:30PM, ET
Where2Watch: MSG, Sun Sports, LEAGUE PASS
Where2Listen: NBA Game Time Audio, LEAGUE PASS Audio, ESPN NY 98.7, 104.3 The Ticket
All-Time Record: Miami is 46-59 against New York all-time.
Miami Heat: 8-7, .533, on pace for 44-38. Third in the Southeast Division, tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference, tied for 15th in the NBA. Last Five: W-L-W-W-L. Playoff Odds: 74.4%
New York Knicks: 4-13, .235, on pace for 19-63. Fourth in the Atlantic Division, 12th in the Eastern Conference, 27th in the NBA. Last Five: L-W-L-L-L. Playoff Odds: 7.9%
San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics, 1PM
Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets, 3PM
Golden State Warriors vs. Detroit Pistons, 3:30PM
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings, 6PM
Orlando Magic vs. Phoenix Suns, 8PM
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trailblazers, 9PM
Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30PM
This Day in HEATstory
Miami owns a 4-8 record on November 30th, but haven't played on this date since 2007.
1988 - Spurs 105, HEAT 101
1991 - Magic 105, HEAT 99
1993 - TrailBlazers 123, HEAT 109
1994 - Hornets 105, HEAT 87
1995 - HEAT 118, Pistons 107
1996 - HEAT 78, Celtics 77
2001 - Wizards 84, HEAT 75
2002 - HEAT 85, Cavaliers 79
2004 - Raptors 94, HEAT 92
2005 - HEAT 96, Hawks 74
2006 - Pistons 87, HEAT 85
2007 - Celtics 95, HEAT 85
Mark Blount, who made his last NBA appearance with the HEAT back in 2008-09, is turning 39 today. In 89 games over two seasons with the club he averaged 7.4 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Norris Cole needs one field goal for his 600th. Mario Chalmers can tie Brian Grant in 14th all-time with 15 field goals, giving them both 1,403. Chris Bosh needs five to tie Grant Long in ninth, with 2,011. One more field goal will give Udonis Haslem 2,500 for his career, the fifth Heat player to make the mark.
Cole can move into 29th all-time with two three-pointers, passing Jason Kapono and Bruce Bowen and giving him 130. Chris Bosh can move into a tie with Ricky Davis in 27th with 136 by sinking four of them.
Mario Chalmers can move into sole possession of 19th on the all-time rebounding list, passing Michael Beasley with seven, giving him 1,110. Bosh will almost surely pass PJ Brown into eighth all-time in the category. He needs four to pass Brown's 2,251.
Bosh needs seven assists to become the 23rd Heat player to have 500 or more.
Cole needs two steals to tie Jason Williams in 22nd with 194. Luol Deng needs six to eclipse 700 for his career.
Haslem needs one block to move into a tie for 10th with John Salley with his 233rd career block.
Cole will move into 35th all-time with six points, giving him 1,512 and passing Brian Shaw. Chalmers needs 17 to tie Bimbo Coles in 12th all-time, with 4,031 points.
Probable Starting Lineups
PG - Norris Cole
SG - Dwyane Wade
C - Chris Bosh
SF - Luol Deng
PF - Shawne Williams
New York Knicks
PG - Jose Calderon
SG - Ian Shumpert
C - Samuel Dalembert
SF - JR Smith
PF - Amar'e Stoudamire (?)
Wade returns to the floor for the Heat after missing seven games with a strained hamstring. Carmelo Anthony, sidelined with back spasms, will ride the pine for New York.