Miami entered the fourth quarter with just a three-point lead, but blew the game open quickly. Within the first 30 seconds of the fourth, Mario Chalmers stole the ball from Andrea Bargnani before Chris "Birdman" Andersen made a behind-the-back pass to Bosh on the break for a layup. Bosh made his next two shots, and then a couple Andersen alley-oops bookended a Danny Granger 3.
Carmelo Anthony, who made his first five shots and finished with 26 points, injured his left knee midway through the fourth. He left the game to go to the locker room, and the Heat continued to pour it on with Bosh, Chalmers and Andersen chipping in.
It was the Knicks, but the Heat played a great offensive game. Miami made 12 3-pointers, including one from Birdman early in the game. But Birdman ducked in for alley-oops from the baseline time after time in the fourth quarter, and Bosh mixed up his long-range shooting with mid-range jumpers and drives to the basket. The 6-foot-11 two-time NBA champion also dished out six assists. Hassan Whiteside shook off a scoreless first half to make three of his four field goal attempts, including a nice hook shot over two defenders.
Rio's first game with three three-pointers since the November 9th win at Dallas. Much needed.— Danny Martinez (@DannyMartinez4) February 10, 2015
The Knicks jumped on Miami early, scoring 32 points in the first quarter and building a 14-point lead. This comeback marks the biggest Heat rally of the season, beating a 13-point comeback at the Los Angeles Clippers. The Heat won the last three quarters by at least five points each.
The most comforting sign from the night wasn't Whiteside's rebound fest in the third quarter or Andersen's three blocks in one of his most active games. For the first time in too long, Chalmers and Norris Cole played well. Chalmers scored 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting and added five rebounds and six assists. He and Bosh took a bulk of the shots for Miami to compensate for Dwyane Wade's absence.
Cole, meanwhile, had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and eight assists. Cole also had two 3s of his own. Miami's offense looked so good tonight because the team racked up 28 assists -- indicating good ball movement -- and converted on 12 3s. The Heat's point guards orchestrated the offense well, either making plays themselves or finding Bosh open for a J.
Luol Deng added 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the foul line, and Granger added nine points off the bench. Granger, surprisingly, played good defense on Anthony in spurts of the fourth quarter, forcing him to take tough shots.
The Heat will visit the rolling Cleveland Cavaliers Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. before the All-Star break. Wade may return to play against his former teammate LeBron James.