The Miami Heat looked to continue their torrid streak on Thursday night at home against the New York Knicks. LeBron James and company, on the heels of winning five straight and eight of their last nine, faced a reeling Knicks squad that had dropped three in a row and six of its last seven.
It was a competitive first half, but the Heat pulled away and never looked back, outscoring the Knicks by 18 in the third quarter en route to a 108-82 blowout victory.
LeBron James returned for his first game in a week since breaking his nose against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Despite wearing a bulky protective mask, James appeared unfazed as he proceeded to score a game-high 31 points on 13-of-19 from the field and rounded things out with four rebounds and four assists.
After improving to 41-14, the Heat trail the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers by just two games, while the Knicks fall to 21-37, 5.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.