Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks: Postgame Grades and Analysis
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

In a much-anticipated matchup featuring the New York Knicks hosting the Miami Heat, the game was anything but exciting as the Knicks blew out the Heat in their season-opening game. 

The Knicks opened up a 16-point first-quarter lead, and every time the Heat started to close the gap, they just pulled even farther away. Eventually, they beat the Heat handily, 104-84. 

Carmelo Anthony was the main deliverer of damage, as he scored 30 points, but took 28 shots to get there. Nevertheless, the Knicks seemed to go as Anthony went. When he was being aggressive and taking shots, the Knicks were scoring. 

He scored 16 points in the first quarter and assisted on a three pointer, involving himself one way or another in 19 of his team's points in the first quarter alone.  

After the Knicks extended their lead to 23, the Heat put together an eight-point run late in the third quarter, but Steve Novak ended it with a pair of three-point shots to put the Knicks up by 18. That's when the proverbial fat lady started humming. 

The Knicks outscored the Heat, 23-21, in the fourth quarter and the game was never really in doubt. 

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