Miami Heat Defeat New York Knicks 99-93 to Extend Win Streak to 14 Games

Justin Onslow@@JustinOnslowNFLContributor IIMarch 3, 2013

Carmelo Anthony is leading the league in scoring, but LeBron James is carrying his team to big wins down the stretch.

James took over in the final minutes on Sunday, pushing the Miami Heat to a 99-93 win over the New York Knicks.

Anthony was averaging 28.6 points per game entering Sunday’s contest, but it took the forward less than three quarters to eclipse that total against the Heat. He finished the day with a game-high 32 points, but it wasn't enough to overtake James and the surging Heat.  

This play from James pretty much sums that up.

The Knicks led by as many 16 points in the contest, outscoring Miami 37-22 in the second quarter of action. The Heat chipped away at the lead in the third quarter, but New York continued to set the tone, especially in the full-court transition game.

New York led by just four points at the end of the third quarter courtesy of a Shane Battier 24-footer with time about to expire, though, and the momentum slowly began swinging in Miami’s direction.

James knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game with 10:04 to play, and the contest became a back-and-forth affair. The Heat took their first lead of the second half at the 8:33 mark on another Battier three-pointer, but J.R. Smith answered back with a three-pointer of his own to give the Knicks an 87-85 lead.

Miami once again came charging back, taking a four-point lead with just over four minutes left in the game. Dwyane Wade came on strong in the fourth quarter and Chris Bosh added his share of scoring, but James iced the victory with a monster dunk off a Smith turnover with only 23 seconds left.

James finished just three assists shy of a triple-double (29 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists), and Wade added 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

Jason Kidd was second in scoring for the Knicks. He tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 34 minutes on the floor.

With the win Miami improves to 43-14 and is on the longest winning streak in the league (14).

New York drops to 35-21 with the loss and is 7.5 games back of the Heat in the Eastern Conference standings.