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Knicks get measure of redemption, knock off Heat in Game 5

May 6, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

It doesn’t change the big picture – the Heat are still going to win this series and there are still questions about the construction and future of the Knicks.

But for a day the Knicks got a measure of redemption — the Knicks made the big plays late, Carmelo Anthony outplayed LeBron James, the Knicks got the win and ended their 13-game playoff losing streak. New York got the 89-87 win and now the Heat lead 3-1 heading back to Miami for Game 5 on Wednesday.

It felt like a different Knicks team from the start, with Amare Stoudemire returning to the lineup. But more than that, the Knicks came out with a little fire and a sense of desperation — Stoudemire has 6 points and 4 rebounds in the first quarter, Anthony had 8 points. All game long the Knicks did a good job of having Stoudemire rolling after setting a pick for Melo, or Melo driving and kicking. There was ball movement in the offense.

But the second quarter turned and felt like the rest of the series — the Heat went on a 12-0 run, they suffocated the Knicks with defense and were the team attacking and getting to the line (Miami had 17 second quarter free throws).

But the Knicks would not go quietly into that good night and came back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to make it a game late.

Anthony finished with 41 and was attacking — with six minutes to go in the game he got the ball in transition and went right at Wade to get the And 1.

But the real key for the Knicks was that Anthony and Stoudemire played well off each other — that is the one sign of hope going forward. Both men were attacking the rim and creating space for the other. The Knicks ran crazy triple screens that the Heat did not defend consistently all game and for once the Knicks made them pay.

It wasn’t all good news for the Knicks — Baron Davis went down in the third quarter with what was later determined to be a dislocated knee cap. He had to be carried off the court. With the team already missing Jeremy Lin, they don’t need to be down another point guard.

And it still came down to a last shot and a last chance for Dwyane Wade three for the win (Stoudemire did a good job defending him on the switch and when Wade lost the handle for a second he was forced into a desperation shot). Wade finished with 22 points, LeBron had 27.

There will be a Game 5, and the Knicks can win a playoff game. There are still a lot of questions to be asked about this team, but for a day New York gets the win and should savor it.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - May 6, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    FINALLY win playing 5 on 8. Another 2nd quarter where the refs tried to sway it. Just not something anyone who appreciates true basketball and unbiased officiating wants to see.

    • iknowzeroaboutsports - May 6, 2012 at 11:14 PM


    • md23rewlz - May 7, 2012 at 4:53 AM

      I’m sure David Stern wants the biggest media market in the country out in the first round and is planting seeds in the minds of the refs…

  2. foozeball - May 6, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Is this article seriously titled “Knicks get measure of redemption, knock off Heat in Game 5”

    How do you have a job?

    • rexismybff - May 6, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Do you really think someone should lose their job because of a small mistake in a blog headline?

      Do you also beat your kids when they don’t get a 100 on their math tests? Kick your dog much? You must be a real winner with the ladies – bet they love it when you tell them their shoes don’t match their purses.

      • 28loose - May 6, 2012 at 9:18 PM

        It’s not just this story. Kurt’s articles in particular usually have a number of errors, from writing about the wrong player/team/game to a host of grammatical errors.

        I don’t know if he needs to be fired or not, but there should definitely be an editor that actually looks at the stories and edits them so they at least seem professional. It’d be one thing if this was just a start up blog done by one person on his spare time, but this is NBC Sports.

      • zblott - May 6, 2012 at 9:20 PM

        You’re obviously not familiar with Kurt’s well known history of consistently getting the most basic of facts wrong. This headline is only the latest in a LONG list of statements he’s written that are factually incorrect. Keep reading for a while and you’ll get frustrated with his job status as well.

      • foozeball - May 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM

        You are completely right. I’m the one totally overreacting. You know, because making a simple comment about the fact that some professional writer/news outlet (NBC) continuously publishes articles with absurd amounts of misuse of grammar and/or many easy mistakes (such as the title of this article about GAME 4 of the Heat/Knicks series) is totally comparable to beating their children over a math test, abusing a pet, or insulting another human being.

        I understand that nobody is perfect and admit that I commonly make mistakes in my writing. However, I read this site everyday and sometimes it is too hard not to criticize the poor professionalism. Go ahead and tell me that “I should go somewhere else then.” I won’t because they provide actual news about a sport I love and I believe that my criticism is fair considering many of the mistakes would be corrected if somebody simply reviewed their work. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask to me.

  3. bobthedude - May 6, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    The national media needs to quit the lebron lovefest. It’s pathetic. It’s like you people, yes pbt I’m talking to you too, want to make sure you’re on the bandwagon in case he gets a ring. He won’t, ever. There’s no guarantee he even makes it thru this round, really. The Knicks played an awful 3 games and have been ravaged by injuries. If melo plays like a man on fire these next three games and Lin comes back, the heat can easily be bowing out after one round. The Knicks match up well. Plus, as this series gets further the future mental patient, lebron, will start to feel the pressure and fold like a lawn chair.

  4. lameasish - May 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Write212, you sound like a baby, take a nap

  5. doclolly - May 6, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    it was a nice win for the Knicks to salvage some respect and not get swept but that being said this series is pretty much over. The only way i see the Knicks winning game 5 is if Novak or JR smith wake up and knock down a ridiculous amount of shots and Melo goes for 40.

  6. buffalowned - May 6, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Hahaha knock off the heat in game 5 he says

  7. dysraw1 - May 6, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    knicks make through 1 deaf match can we go to miami an smack em again, we need some boston redsox luck

  8. Justin - May 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Nice job Knicks finally getting that win. Since that was game 5, looks like we are heading back to Miami with the Heat holding firmly the 4-1 lead. I just hope the Knicks can win 4 straight to take the Heat down in this best of 9 playoff series.

    • deadeyedesign23 - May 6, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      You know no team has ever come back from a 4-0 deficit?

      • Justin - May 7, 2012 at 12:36 AM

        Statistics are against it. Still have my fingers crossed. Knicks just need to put in another strong 5 quarters next game.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 6, 2012 at 11:11 PM


    • iknowzeroaboutsports - May 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Heat-fan math.

  10. koloofai - May 6, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Kurt = Journalist fail

  11. philliphernandez - May 7, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Tough break for Baron Davis, I wish him a speedy recovery. The Knicks don’t have the firepower to win this series but it was a nice gritty win, hopefully something they can build on next year.

  12. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    I don’t believe what I have just read.

  13. jh4prez - May 7, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    Thanks md23 for actually making sense.that was a great game btw.loved watching bron and melo mix it up a bit.

  14. gmsingh - May 7, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Hey, when LeBron gets some good advice on how to close out a series then those other teams will be in trouble!

  15. pftwstbshmc - May 7, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    First off, I’m a Celtics fan here…..

    It was great to see the Knicks beat two teams. They pulled it off against the Heat even though it was obvious to a blind person that the officials tried everything they could so that it would not happen. Why doesn’t Stern and his paid off refs just admit they only want the Heat to win it all and just give them the trophy now? We all know they are stacking it up that way and it’s what god Stern wants. Why waste the time of everyone when it’s already in the books. LeBrat James gets to do whatever he wants on the court (extra steps, can carry the ball, double dribble any time he wants and of course if a player is in his way going to the basket, just knock him over, the foul will be called against him, not the queen), along with Dwah Fake doing all those same things but adding the “Oh my God, he just tried to rip me in half” fake flops he takes to get calls. The NBA has become a joke because of the way Stern and his minions let the “elite” (or as I like to call them “annointed”) players do whatever they want on the court yet don’t let truly talented players come to light for what they are – real basketball players, NOT the sideshows that they are promoting.

  16. canehouse - May 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Wednesday night at the AAA will be White Hot!!!

  17. cantonbound13 - May 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Knicks in 7!!!!

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