The New York Knicks brought in the Miami Heat looking to win three consecutive games for the first time in this tumultuous season. Incredibly, the Knicks put on a credible defensive performance and held off the Heat down the stretch for an impressive 102-92 victory.
The Knicks' defensive stopper in the middle Tyson Chandler missed the game (flu) as did point guard Beno Udrih (knee). Sixth man and lace-untier J.R. Smith also remained on the bench for the entire game (childish antics). Despite this, the Knicks turned in a gritty effort against the world champions who had their entire Big Three playing.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points on 12-of-24 shooting, adding eight boards, five dimes and a pair of steals. Raymond Felton had a tremendous evening with 13 points and a season-high 14 assists.
The ball movement and floor spacing kept Miami off balance all night, and Felton's drives to the lane consistently produced open shots for his teammates. Amar'e Stoudemire tallied a double-double off the bench with 14 and 11, and Andrea Bargnani produced numerous highlights (a couple with poor defense) on his way to 19 points.
LeBron James led all scorers with 32 points, but he also fumbled away six of Miami's 15 turnovers. Dwyane Wade converted 11-of-15 from the field for 23 points, but he couldn't buy a bucket at the charity stripe where he missed all six attempts.
The Heat led at the half 48-43, but the Knicks turned up the intensity and Miami couldn't get timely stops. Iman Shumpert started raining three-pointers in the second half to finish with 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists. The Knicks won the last two quarters 59-44 and the Heat never produced their usual run in the second half.
New York improved to 13-22 while the Heat fell to 27-9.