Everybody has seen that movie in which the hapless hero finds a magic elixir that suddenly endows him with some sort of super ability; and we all remember that scene when that vial of potion is broken just before the big game. That scenario played out in Miami’s American Airline’s Arena on Thursday night as midnight struck for “Lin-derella” as the New York Knicks took the court against the Heat and suddenly Jeremy Lin looked like just an average NBA guard as the Knicks were humbled by their hosts losing 102-88. The Heat proved to be Kryptonite for the New York Super-Nova who shot an embarrassing 1-11 from the floor for the game and had just eight points for the night.
The victory was the eighth in a row for Miami as Chris Bosh paced the team with a game high 25 points. The Knicks were held to a mediocre 39.2% (31-79) from the field and were led by Carmelo Anthony with 19 points for the night. After a first half in which the contest went back and forth for 24 minutes, the Heat exploded in the third quarter grabbing a double-digit lead by the end of the period. The visitors would pull with six points early in the fourth, however Miami would pull away once again winning the game with ease.
The two opponents remained close throughout the opening period as the home team held a one point advantage with less than a minute to play. Mike Miller drained a 23 foot trey with 44 seconds remaining giving the Heat the upper hand as the period came to an end with the score 24-20. The Knicks opened up the second on an 8-2 run, as Steve Novak hit the second of back to back treys with 10:02 left in the period putting them ahead 28-26. The two opponents exchanged the lead back and forth for most of the period until Mario Chalmers knocked down a three-point shot from 27 feet out with 27 seconds to go and Miami would head into the half holding a 51-47 edge.
The Heat would keep up their advantage throughout the third and they would pull away down the stretch pushing their lead into double-figures. LeBron James hit a mid-range jumper at the buzzer and the period would end with his team on top 80-66. J.R. Smith buried a 25 foot trey with 9:03 to play cutting New York’s deficit to 82-76. That would be as close as the Knicks would get as the Heat would pull ahead once again leaving their opponents in the dust for good.
Bosh knocked down 25 points, 8 rebounds, a block and a steal while Dwyane Wade had 22 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. James had a strong performance with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks while rookie Norris Cole came off the bench with 10 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
Anthony scored 19 points, 7 rebounds, an assist and a block while Smith came off the bench with 14 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Amar’e Stoudemire had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 1 steal while Novak came off the pine and put up 12 points. Tyson Chandler added 10 points, 9 rebounds and had 1 steal. Miami heads into the break with a record of 27-7 and will next play on next Thursday as they travel to Portland and face the Blazers while New York falls to 17-18 and will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.