Heat vs. Knicks: Kings of South Beach Snap Knicks' 9-Game Home Winning Streak

Matt DienstagContributor IIIApril 15, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives against Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on April 15, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Despite Carmelo Anthony's second consecutive 40-point Sunday performance, the Heat's Big Three proved to be too much for the Knicks to handle, as New York's nine-game home winning streak was snapped in a 93-85 loss to the Heat.

The raucous Garden crowd acted as an extra man on the court for the Knicks, and the thunderous crowd got their money's worth from some of the NBA's star performers.

The Big Three for Miami carried the Heat's offense all day, combining for 73 of their 93 total points.

Dwyane Wade had it going early, finding open space and scoring 12 of his 28 in the opening quarter to give the Heat the early lead.

LeBron James took the good with the bad all day. While he continued to hit contested shot after contested shot, he was a bit erratic at times, finishing the game with six turnovers, and sometimes derailing Miami's momentum.

However, he was able to bury the Knicks late with two difficult jumpers to put the game out of reach. He would lead the Heat in scoring, finishing with 29 points and completing a double-double with 10 rebounds as well.

Chris Bosh came alive in the second half, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the third and fourth periods. Bosh also finished with a double-double, grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds. Bosh also had a huge block in the fourth quarter on Landry Fields that shifted the momentum in the Heat's favor.

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony continued to prove to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, as he torched the Miami defenders up until the final minutes of the game.

Anthony throws one down off a nice fast-break pass from Baron Davis.
Anthony throws one down off a nice fast-break pass from Baron Davis.Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Carrying the Knicks' offense, Anthony scored nearly half of the Knicks total points, tallying 42 for the game. Anthony commanded attention from all five Heat defenders and was finding his open teammates, who were capitalizing off open looks.

However, the Knicks' offense was never consistent enough throughout the game and stalled in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Anthony took two bad shots from three-point land on consecutive possessions when the Heat built their fourth quarter lead to seven.

The Heat would never look back, handing the Knicks their first home loss under coach Mike Woodson.

Miami capitalized on second-chance opportunities, dominating the Knicks on the glass throughout the game. The Heat outrebounded the Knicks 47-33 for the game, something the Knicks have been sorely lacking in forward Amar'e Stoudemire's absence.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler got in foul trouble early and only played 31 minutes for the game. Late in the third quarter, Chandler's knee buckled after being fouled on a drive to the basket. Chandler would leave the game and return in the fourth quarter, but it was clear the injury was hindering his performance.

In a possible playoff matchup, the Knicks and Heat performed as advertised. The Knicks fought hard, but their dreams of moving up in the standings definitely took a step backwards in the defeat.

Hope is not all lost, as the deciding factor in determining the Knicks' seeding will ultimately play out Tuesday night when the Knicks host the Boston Celtics.

A loss to the Celtics would doom any hopes the Knicks have at catching Boston or Orlando in the standings, and would leave the Knicks little room for error the rest of the way.

The Knicks cannot afford to dwell on this loss, and must bring their best against the Celtics Tuesday night.