What ever the weather was like in South Beach on Thursday night; the fans at American Airlines Arena watched the Miami Heat helplessly try to halt the treys that rained down on them in the third quarter, on their way to losing to the visiting New York Knicks 112-92. Heat forward and reigning NBA MVP LeBron James, barely missed a triple-double for the night, however that was not enough to overcome the attack from their opponents in the second half of the game. Raymond Felton led the way for the visitors with 27 points, topping six Knicks players in double figures; despite that small forward Carmelo Anthony was on the bench, due to a nasty cut on the middle digit of his left hand.
It was the fifth straight victory for New York, who currently lead the NBA Eastern Conference with a record of 14-4, leading the second place Heat by a game and a half after the contest. The Knicks won the game from outside the arc, as Felton knocked down six treys, Steve Novak came off the bench with another four, while veterans Jason Kidd and J.R. Smith each had three.
The game was tight for the first 24 minutes of action, as Mike Miller gave Miami a 26-23 edge at the end of the first, knocking down a 25 foot trey at the buzzer. Felton would return the favor with one second remaining in the second, draining a 26 foot trey and the two teams walked into the locker room with the score knotted up at 53-53, as the game reached the half.
New York broke the game open in the third courtesy of their outside shooting, going ahead by as many as 18 points in the period, before Miami would cut their deficit to just ten points, as the Knicks held a 90-80 advantage at the conclusion of the period. The Heat were never able to regroup in the final 12 minutes of play and the visitors won the game with ease.
Both teams will play on Saturday night as the Knicks travel to Chicago to face the Bulls, while the Heat will play host to the New Orleans Hornets.