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Heat get 14th straight victory, come back from 16-point deficit to beat Knicks

Mar 3, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts after he scored against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

The Knicks had beaten the Heat twice already this season, so coming into this one in New York, one would have guessed that Miami would have it dialed in from the very start.

It didn’t exactly turn out that way, as the Heat trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half. But by the time it was over, Miami had earned its 14th straight victory with a 99-93 win, courtesy of yet another dominant performance from LeBron James.

James finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, but it was Carmelo Anthony who started off hot and helped the Knicks take control early.

Anthony had 17 first quarter points, and scored them on just five shots. He was active and aggressive in getting to the free throw line, but didn’t get the help he needed for the Knicks to gain any separation. His teammates were just 2-11 from the field in the opening period, so the Knicks lead was just a single point when it was finished.

Miami struggled early by turning the ball over and couldn’t really find any flow in its offense. James was active from the start, and finished a couple of monster alley-oop dunks at the rim, but his outside shot wasn’t falling just yet.

The second quarter was a work of perfection by the Knicks, and the way they shared the ball and hit open shots from seemingly everywhere allowed them to blow the game open, if only temporarily. Jason Kidd, fresh off of being removed from the starting lineup for his recent stretch of dismal shooting, came out on fire in the second, hitting his first four attempts from three-point distance to help his team increase the lead.

New York’s ball movement was insane in the second, as it consistently whipped around the perimeter until it landed in the open man’s hands. Thanks to the passing and the clean looks that it created, the Knicks made 14 of their 19 shots in the period, including 5-of-9 from three-point distance, for a blistering shooting mark of 73.7 percent.

It’s possible the Heat simply aren’t a morning team, but they seemed to collectively wake up after halftime.

The sense of urgency on the defensive end of the floor was evident once the third quarter began, and Miami cut the Knicks’ lead down to four a little more than five minutes in. The Knicks briefly ran it back up to 11, capped off by a three-pointer from J.R. Smith, which was one of only two shots he made out of 11 second half attempts. The Heat cut it to four once again by the end of the third, thanks to a three-pointer from Shane Battier that went down just before the buzzer.

The game was tight the rest of the way, and James was the difference. He defended Anthony the majority of the second half, and helped hold him to 3-11 shooting over the final two periods;  after Anthony had gotten loose for 24 points on just eight shots in the first half, he finished with 32.

The back-to-back threes that James knocked down pulled the Heat even at 79 with 10 minutes to play, and his overall effort the rest of the way helped bring it home.

James sealed the victory with a steal and an uncontested one-man fast break that he finished with a powerful slam dunk, before stopping briefly to pose for the New York crowd in attendance.

On the Knicks side, in addition to what Kidd gave them offensively, they got an above average performance out of Amar’e Stoudemire, who was active and converted a couple of big plays inside. Tyson Chandler has seen better games, especially defensively, and Smith’s dismal shooting seemed to come at the worst possible time.

The game was close, however, until LeBron took over — both with his defensive effort on Anthony, as well as with his fourth quarter performance that netted him 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a blocked shot over the game’s final 12 minutes.

  1. thenmoveback - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Heat!

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:54 AM

      Monstrous game by Bosh Spice on the boards. 1 solid rebound. He must be your favorite player being he’s so soft!

  2. miamatt - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Late in close ballgames, Miami simply has so many guys who can make shots. The way they swarm on D and share the ball is tough to beat.

  3. ravensallday2012 - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Just give the heat the rings now. Noone is beating them

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Why did we even bother watching or did they bother playing? We knew what would happen in the end.

    • badintent - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:18 AM

      Heat had lost 2 already to Knick Nation, if greasy hands/head J.R. is on the pine , Knicks win.Woodsen had a brain cramp to put that idiot on the court in crunch time.Riley signing Birdman WAS brillant since Bosh always disappers against Chandler, But Tattman can’t shooot FTs so no minutes in fourth quarter in the EASTERN finals when Knick Nation shocks the world and the Heat.LBJ ain’t gonna shoot 60 % in playoffs, only Wilt did.

      • miamatt - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        2012 Eastern Conference First Round (Miami wins 4-1)

        Game 1
        Chandler: 0 points, 3 rebounds, 7 turnovers
        Bosh: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 turnovers

        Game 2:
        Chandler: 13 points, 7 rebounds
        Bosh: 21 points, 4 rebounds

        Game 3:
        Chandler: 10 points, 15 rebounds, 4 turnovers
        Bosh: 9 points, 10 rebounds, 1 turnover

        Game 4:
        Chandler: 1 point, 9 rebounds
        Bosh: 17 points, 9 rebounds

        Game 5
        Chandler: 7 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks
        Bosh: 19 points, 7 rebounds, 0 blocks

        Keep telling yourself that Chandler owns Bosh; reality is that no member of the Knicks owns any portion whatsoever of the Miami Heat. New York is far more likely to lose in the first round of the playoffs than they are to meet Miami in the ECF. What, are you guys 7 games back now? Who could have predicted the NBA’s oldest team, whose best player isn’t fit to carry LeBron’s jock, would fold down the stretch? Better start working on your excuses NOW, Knicks fans.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Microcosm!

    Knicks play well early, feeling pretty good; Miami struggles. But in the r d, cream rises to the top and then pulls away.

    Couple other things…..
    -can Chris Bosh not play like he just smoked crack next time? Jeez. Chris, buddy; I love you but you seriously made me mental today

    -how come everytime the Heat get a close call their way the relay is super slo-mo’d over and over, but never the other way. Not that it matters though

    -I need Lebron to sit tomorrow night.

  6. dls612 - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Coach spo halftime speech, ( stay the course ! )

  7. rickyspanish - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Cantonbound

    I hope you enjoyed the game.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      1973 was a long time ago

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:49 AM

        Was that the last time you got laid 72?

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:16 AM

        Since we’re such good friends, I can confide in you this little secret. In 1973, I didn’t even get laid once. I guess the ladies didn’t like nursery school boys back then. Made up for it in later years though.

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:48 AM

      Only watched the first half & found it very entertaining, thanks for asking. Besides, according to all the bandwagoners the regular season doesn’t mean anything. We decided to give you 1 win at least against us this season.
      Hey Ricky, was it televised in SAP?

      • buffalowned - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        hahaha personal insults is what he has to resort to since he has nothing to say. i was expecting another ignorant comment to further demonstrate that you know nothing about basketball but this is what it has come to

  8. eventhorizon04 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    It was a fun, closely fought game between 2 good teams.

    1. The lesson from the first half was that Carmelo Anthony cannot be guarded most of the Heat’s players.
    Shane Battier is a good defender in general, but Melo barely notices him when he’s being guarded by him. Also, the Heat switching players like Chris Bosh onto Melo after pick-and-rolls is a bad, bad idea. Melo scored at will in the first half as the Heat tried using most of their wing defenders on him.

    2. The lesson from the second half was that LeBron James can guard Carmelo. In addition to forcing Melo into difficult shots, LeBron’s best work was in denying the Knicks’ attempts to feed Carmelo the ball. James’ final basket – that came after he stole a pass to Carmelo and scored on a 1-man fast break – is a good example of what I mean. Melo can’t kill the Heat with his elite scoring if the Knicks can’t get Carmelo the ball.

    3. I’m not trolling, I’m genuinely curious – why didn’t Amar’e play much in the second half? The Knicks had a lot of trouble scoring, and that’s something Amar’e is still quite good at.

    4. The Knicks have beaten the Heat twice in the regular season and lost narrowly a third time. I’d still favor the Heat over the Knicks in a playoff series, but the Knicks are a legit threat to the Heat, especially on nights when their 3-point shots fall.
    They just matchup well against the Heat due to their combination of an elite defensive center that makes it hard for the Heat’s stars to score in the paint plus good outside shooters that put strain on the Heat’s defensive rotations.

  9. progress2011 - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Where are all the Cleveland LBJ Haters that claim LBJ is not CLUTCH !!! ahahahahaha

  10. paintman34 - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    really amazing that wade isnt even mentioned in the article, like he was a non factor all game

  11. isujames - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Lebron and the Heat are in a zone, don’t be shocked if they don’t lose again.

  12. isujames - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Wade was mentioned because you expect wade to be wade and do what he does, which is play a smooth,effortless game that comes natural to him.Wade is not new to this fella, he’s a professional in a game where the stars shine.

  13. eflem80 - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Knicks lost this game more than the Heat won it. 18 very uncharacteristic turnovers….2 unforced turnovers by JR late. Good game by the Knicks. Heat were playing well the entire game & still found themselves down 16. Good time for the knicks to lose this game now so they can realize that they can’t expect to blow them out every time….gotta play 4 quarters & execute or they will capitalize on their mistakes.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Although you’re delusional if you think the Heat played well the entire game, and you’re delusional if you think this loss suddenly made the Knicks take the Heat seriously; I have to hand it to you for at least coming on the message board with something.

      Awfully awfully quiet out there today and tonight. I

  14. rabellford - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Melo was aight, but Bron Bron was NOICE!!!

  15. sloiggles - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    LMAO. Did someone just say Canton bound on a basketball thread? my god… ‘Murica just keeps going down the tubes

    • rodgersmvp - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      Cantonbound is a commentor.

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:52 AM

      Good to see I’m in the bandwagoner’s heads.

  16. finsfan71 - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Give it up for cantonbum bringing his A material. Can’t get enough of “bandwagon” and “Bosh Spice.” You oughta copyright both. Your comments are so crisp and clever. Can’t wait for your brilliant Wade material.

  17. rodge1 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Awesome, the haters have made an appearance… And by haters I mean you cantonbitch13. I look forward to reading more of your usual wise predictions, like ‘LeBron & D Wade can’t be successful together’ or ‘Miami won’t get to the finals’, that was especially nice last season… How about some more of your usual complaining, like ‘the refs are cheating’ or ‘Miami fans are bandwagon fans’, those are always original and very well thought out… Thanks cantonbitch13, you make the weather feel that much nicer here in Miami.

  18. cantonbound13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    I love that you bandwagoners think of me during & after Heat games. That’s respect. I appreciate all you followers.

  19. southbeachtalent - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Nice win over an average team, more impressed with the memphis win they are contenders. Tonight we go 15..

  20. dysraw1 - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    hey Miami is on the rise and yes we did hand them this game, but its done an over. i would like my team to tighten up their 4th qt execution

  21. cantonbound13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Unlike you bandwagoners who were nowhere to be found after losing a second time to the Knicks by 20 this year, I’m on here to take all your pathetic trash talk. It’s as soft as Bosh Spice’s game!

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