Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

The Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors, 100-85, on Sunday afternoon, meaning Knicks coach Mike Woodson is now free to spend All-Star weekend in a warm-weather climate of his choice.

The Heat are now 30-14, or half a game ahead of the Knicks (30-15) for the best record in the Eastern Conference at the cutoff date.

Had the Heat lost, Woodson would have coached the East All-Stars, including Knicks Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, in the Feb. 17 All-Star Game in Houston.

He would also have coached LeBron James and jokingly said he would play him the whole game to tire him out for the second half of the season.

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