Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The red-hot Miami Heat come into Madison Square Garden for a nationally televised game Sunday afternoon, and the Knicks know they have a tremendous opportunity to make a statement that they are still a factor in the East.

Yes, the Knicks have already beaten the LeBrons twice this season by 20 points each, but that was then and this is now.

Miami (42-14) has won 13 straight games and will be looking to prove that those first two losses weren’t representative of how they can really play against the Knicks (35-20), a team they lead by 6 1/2 games in the Eastern Conference standings.

“They know that we got them here and then embarrassed them in their house, so we expect them to come in fired up,” center Tyson Chandler said Saturday.

“They’re the champs for a reason. They’re not laying down to anybody and it should…

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