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HHH GameTime Preview: Knicks Visit Miami

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The Heat try to break their current three game slide with a win against the lowly New York Knicks.

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Tonight at 7:30 PM, the New York Knicks visit the Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena, in Miami. This is the second of three games between the two this season. On November 30th, the Heat defeated the Knicks in New York, 86-79. They'll play again in New York, on February 20th.

Miami just concluded a four-game road-trip. They defeated the Boston Celtics 83-75 before losing to the Detroit Pistons 108-91, the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-101, and the San Antonio Spurs, 98-85. After tonight's home contest, they'll hit the road for a match in Cleveland on Wednesday before the All-Star break.

The Knicks have also lost three straight. They dropped their last contest at home to the Golden State Warriors, 106-92 on Saturday. They'll finish up their two-game road trip before taking their mid-season break at the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

The Heat and Knicks last played on November 30th. The Heat earned the 86-79 behind strong efforts by Dwyane Wade (27 points, 11-of-18 shooting, five rebounds, five assists), Chris Bosh (20 points, nine rebounds) and Luol Deng (10 points, 10 rebounds, three steals). The Knicks, as usual, were led by Carmelo Anthony. The perennial all-star scored 31 with eight rebounds. Amar'e Stoudamire added 19 with a dozen rebounds. * Box Score * Full Recap

I played 32 minutes, but it felt a lot more like 50. It took a while. Early on I was just trying to make plays for my teammates. - Wade

The Spurs are covered by SB Nation at Pounding The Rock

Miami's last game, on Friday night, would see the Heat lose 98-85 in a rematch of the two most recent NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs. Tyler Johnson led Miami in defeat with 18 points on seven-of-10 shooting, while Luol Deng scored 17 with six boards and Chris Bosh scored 14 with seven rebounds and three assists. Kawhi Leonard paced the Spurs with 24 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Tony Parker scored 21 with four helpers, and Tim Duncan had 10 points and 12 rebounds. * Box Score * Full Recap

I mean they're making the right play like every single, well like 90 percent of the time. They're getting wide open jump shots, they're being aggressive and you just don't know what they're going to do. - Bosh

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The Knicks hosted the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, dropping the contest by a final 106-92 tally. The Knicks had six players finish in double figures, led by Langston Galloway's 15 points. Jason Smith had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Amar'e Stoudamire scored 13 with six boards off the bench. The Warriors would also see six players score in double digits. Stephen Curry scored 22 with six rebounds, Draymond Green had 20 with 13 boards, and David Lee scored 10 points with 10 rebounds and five assists. * Box Score * Full Recap


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GameTime: 7:30 PM ET

Where2Watch: League Pass, MSG, Sun Sports

All-Time Head2Head: Miami is 47-59 in direct conflict with the Knicks. Their .443 winning percentage ranks as ninth worst, and third worst in the Eastern Conference.

Current Standings

Miami Heat: 21-29, .420, on pace for 34-48. Fourth in the Southeast Division, tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference, tied for 18th in the NBA. Last Five: L-W-L-L-L. Playoff Odds: 36.9%

New York Knicks: 10-41, .196, on pace for 16-66. Fifth in the Atlantic Division, 15th in the Eastern Conference, 30th in the NBA. Last Five: L-W-L-L-L. Playoff Odds: 0.008%

Common Thread

There aren't any former Heat players on the Knicks, but Tim Hardaway's dad (you may remember) played six seasons for the Heat, twice making the all-star team and averaging 17.3 points and 7.8 assists over 367 regular season contests.

Shawne Williams played 64 games for the Knicks in 2010-11, scoring 7.1 points with 3.7 rebounds per game.

Join us here for the Game Thread, around 7PM tonight. Remember to always keep checking back at Hot Hot Hoops for all your Heat news.