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Knicks Lose as Heat Clinches Southeast Crown

Tonight’s game between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat had a serious, playoff atmosphere as the two teams may be facing each other in the first round. The Miami Heat drew first blood winning the game 93-85.

For the first three quarters, it was practically the Carmelo Anthony show.

Miami Heat v New York Knicks

Photo: Yahoo/Associated Press

Anthony continued his offensive barrage in tonight’s game after scoring 43 against the league-leading Chicago Bulls the other night. But after hounded by Shane Battier for three quarters, Miami switched LeBron James on Anthony in the fourth.

Anthony has spent quite a bit of energy guarding James on the defensive end, and facing the relatively fresh legs of James on defense in the 4th, , Anthony struggled with fatigue and scored only two baskets in the pivotal fourth quarter.

New York clearly missed the scoring of injured Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin tonight as all of the offensive load fell on Anthony.

J.R. Smith chipped in 16 points off the bench but the rest of the Knicks were relatively quiet.

Dwyane Wade and James scored 28 and 29, respectively, while Chris Bosh provided a solid 16 point 14 rebound effort inside the paint. New York was out-rebounded 33-47 tonight, with Tyson Chandler limited to 5 rebounds.

 

Miami

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Wade(notes) G 38:10 10-18 0-2 8-8 2 9 4 6 0 1 0 3 28
M. Chalmers(notes) G 33:02 2-4 1-1 0-0 0 2 3 0 2 0 0 3 5
C. Bosh(notes) C 35:02 8-15 0-0 0-0 2 14 1 2 1 1 0 3 16
L. James(notes) F 40:15 11-24 1-6 6-9 2 10 3 6 2 0 0 4 29
U. Haslem(notes) F 17:35 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 36-78 4-17 17-21 11 47 14 15 7 2 1 22 93
Percentages .462 .235 .810 Team Rebounds: 3
J. Jones(notes) 25:12 1-4 1-4 2-2 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 5
S. Battier(notes) 21:01 1-5 0-1 1-2 1 4 2 1 1 0 1 2 3
M. Miller(notes) 16:39 1-4 1-3 0-0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
J. Anthony(notes) 12:58 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 4
N. Cole(notes) 0:06 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

New York

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
I. Shumpert(notes) G 37:49 1-4 1-3 0-0 1 5 5 1 2 0 1 4 3
B. Davis(notes) G 26:29 1-6 0-3 1-4 0 1 4 5 1 0 0 3 3
T. Chandler(notes) C 30:50 4-5 0-0 1-4 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 9
C. Anthony(notes) F 43:22 14-27 2-7 12-15 2 9 5 1 1 0 0 4 42
L. Fields(notes) F 23:26 2-8 0-1 0-0 0 2 3 2 0 0 1 1 4
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 31-73 9-30 14-23 7 33 19 14 8 1 2 20 85
Percentages .425 .300 .609 Team Rebounds: 14
J.R. Smith(notes) 35:55 6-15 4-9 0-0 2 7 2 3 3 1 0 1 16
S. Novak(notes) 22:07 2-5 2-5 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 6
J. Jeffries(notes) 14:51 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 2
M. Bibby(notes) 5:11 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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