New York Knicks: 5 Must-Win Matchups in Miami

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New York Knicks: 5 Must-Win Matchups in Miami
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"The rule of three" suggests that good things come in trios. Thursday night's South Beach showdown is no exception. The surging Knicks, winners of nine of their past eleven contests, head to Miami for a prime-time Thursday night game with no shortage of star power.

The Heat's "big three," comprising of guards LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and forward Chris Bosh, will look to assert their legitimacy as Eastern Conference contenders against Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and overnight sensation Jeremy Lin, a trio that has risen to national prominence as well.

During Lin's exciting run, New York has earned signature wins against the Jazz, Hawks and the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. However, Thursday night may prove to be their biggest contest yet, and American Airlines Arena will be a pressure-packed proving ground for Lin and company.

It's hard to believe that a .500 team has garnered so much attention, yet a win tonight may catapult the Knicks towards continued success and perhaps an Atlantic Division title. Things certainly won't come easy against the 26-7 Heat, but here are five head-to-head matchups that the Knicks must win tonight in order to stay competitive.

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