Hot! Knicks Recap: Beat the Heat!

The New York Knicks hold the first seed in the Eastern Conference, and last night they showed why, dominating the Miami Heat, 112-92.

It certainly could have been an entirely different outcome.

The Heat, who suffered an embarrassing 20-point loss in the Knicks’ season opener at the Garden, were out for revenge. New York, still without Amar’e Stoudemire, was also missing Carmelo Anthony due to a lacerated finger. On top of their injury concerns, the Knicks were one day removed from a grueling 100-98 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

And yet, despite all the odds, the boys from the Big Apple blew out the defending world champions while simultaneously proving to their doubters that they have turned themselves into a legitimate contender for the NBA title.

Without Melo, the Knicks lacked a reliable scoring option in the low post, so they sought to spark their offense with a heavy dose of three-point shooting. New York attempted an astounding 44 three-pointers, converting 18. Their 8 three-point field goals in the third quarter is the most by any team in any quarter so far this season.

The Knicks didn’t field a superstar but Raymond Felton played like one. His 27 points, including six three-point field goals led the Knicks’ offensive assault. He also contributed seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Tyson Chandler, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace played outstanding defense as they consistantly harassed their undersized Miami counterparts in the paint. The trio also contributed 29 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks.

JR Smith, coming off a heroic fadeaway buzzer beater in Charlotte was once again inconsistent from the floor. Smith was 4-15 on field goal attempts, but he did shoot 3-8 from three-point range and added six rebounds, four assists and one steal.

Steve Novak also played a big role in the win, busting out the discount double check celebration in an impressive night shooting 4-9 from beyond the arc. New York’s bench as a whole stepped up their play, outscoring the Miami’s bench, 57-19.

Although the Heat faltered, last years’ MVP Lebron James came to play, coming just one assist shy of his second consecutive triple-double. His 31 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals were all team highs, and his 11-20 shooting was far more efficient than that of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, who combined to shoot 6-25 from the field.

Plenty of basketball is still to come, but the New York Knicks continue to prove they can ball with the league’s best.

Imagine what they can do with a healthy roster.

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The Knicks are off tonight but will take on the Chicago Bulls (9-8) at the United Center tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. EST.

 

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Nicholas Kostopoulos

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  1. Jason Kidd played a dirty foul 3/6/2012, by pulilng Jeremy’s head backwards, plus a quick push on the back, to make him fall hard to the floor. Jeremy’s left leg was folded abruptly, when he fell. He got up, tried to walk the pain off, but you can see he was limping. That is how Jeremy got his knee injury and so far.. Jason Kidd is the one did it.

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