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Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks: Postgame Grades and Analysis
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The Miami Heat took on the New York Knicks Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. In a hard-fought contest, Miami overcame a 16-point deficit and scratched out the 99-93 victory. 

LeBron James had 29 points while Dwyane Wade tallied an even 20; both players flirted with triple-doubles. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 32 in the losing effort.

After an evenly matched first quarter, the Knicks really turned it on in the second. They outscored Miami 37-22 in the frame, finishing on a 17-5 run for a 14-point advantage at halftime.

But the Heat clamped down in the third quarter, cutting the margin to just four points in the first five minutes of the second half.

On the back of their stellar fourth-quarter defense and some timely hooping, Miami outscored the Knicks by 10 points in the final period and came away with their 14th straight win.

Miami entered Sunday with a 42-14 record, putting them six-and-a-half games ahead of the Knicks in the East.

The defeat bounced New York from second place in the conference, as they are now a half game behind the Indiana Pacers who face the Chicago Bulls Sunday night.

The Knicks had the advantage in the season series, having won the teams' previous two meetings, each by a 20-point margin. Miami will try to even the season series with New York on April 2.

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