Final Score: Knicks 102, Heat 92

The Knicks (13-22) had a strong second half to top the Heat (27-9) 102-92 for the team’s first 3-game winning streak of the season.

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Carmelo Anthony had 29 points on 50% shooting, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

Raymond Felton had 13 points, 14 assists, and 5 rebounds.

Amar’e Stoudemire had 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

JR Smith did not play – coach’s decision.

LeBron James had 32 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 6 turnovers for the Heat. Dwyane Wade added 23 points.

Amit Badlani

Let’s get this out of the way before I get to how awesome the Knicks played. I am thrilled that Mike Woodson finally benched JR Smith. He was more focused on untying shoes than playing basketball, and it was hurting the team. Added to the fact that he’s been playing badly all season. He’s going to have to earn his playing time back.

Anyway, Carmelo Anthony was amazing. He played a “LeBron-like” game in terms of the amount of effort he put out there, especially on defense and the transition game. He passed effectively out of double-teams. And you expect him to score around 30 points and shoot 50% from the field.

But the success on the offensive end starts with Raymond Felton running the pick and roll, especially with Melo, Amar’e, and Bargs. It opened scoring opportunities in the post for those guys and a few open three point shots for Shump.

Next Game: The Knicks visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at 7:30pm.

132 comments
Chris
Chris

A funny thing happened last night. It was almost like somebody is reading this blog. JR didn`t touch the floor, Hard got most of his minutes, Murry got burn ,we played Bargs and Stat/KMart major minutes, Melo played the 3, and the Woodster dropped most of his trite after game sayings, and although he was not eloquent, spoke in a more accurate pattern. Nice job bloggers keep up the good ideas. Oh Ray actually played like a pg , and they switched only when necessary . Wow they looked like a team last night that actually ran stuff

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

What a differrence a healthy Felton makes.

bluprint13
bluprint13

Chris Smith Curse was a real thing!!!

bockers
bockers

Knicks 24-24 by end of January.

Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

Any of you hear what jr said on postgame? He doesnt know if this is the place for him anymore? Wth? Cant react like that! Thats the reason for being benched! Stop being a baby!

Maybe he was referring to the fact that mills is going to trade him for a bag of pretzels by the end of next week.

ponzies86
ponzies86

Murray, Tim Hardaway need tons of minutes 

1harris1
1harris1

Man, Oakley was so right.  These guys on TNT are such clowns.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

Very good coaching by Woody tonight.  Every decision he made was on point.  Woody from the Texas trip is back.  I never want to see the Woody that coach the Piston game...because that is when I want him gone. 

I am cool with Woody coaching very good in 4 out of 5 games...I guess!!


Woody is learning that small ball is not getting us anywhere.  It will win some regular season games, but will not win in the playoffs.


keep playing our big line up please!!!!!


Also great call by Woody to bench JR.  JR needs to learn from this...

Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

I couldn't say the knicks are back after the texas trip just yet but now... we beat the heat!!!

THE NEW YORK KNICKS ARE BACK!!!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Great win tonight.  I was at a NY sports bar with about 12 friends and we had a great time rooting for our team.  We are so happy that Woody finally put JR on the bench so we were in great spirits.

May this is the game to help this team go on a longer run.  We shall see but it was nice to see us beat the Heat tonight. 

Bobby Blazes
Bobby Blazes

Three games winning streak keep it up knicks and keep JR on the bench

ponzies86
ponzies86

LMAO at the clowns wanting Melo off this team, This team will not be 4-1 without Melo and Melo is the only player in the league who actually cancels out Lebron on a 1 on 1 situation, too bad Lebron didnt have his boy Battier to bail him out tonight. 

buddhabing
buddhabing

This team still needs to play tougher, smarter defense if they want to make noise late in the season and in the playoffs. Still too many missed assignments and miscommunication on defense. Would love to see a tough big brought in here like Humphries from Boston. 

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@Isaac Miller JR is not getting traded.  No NBA team will trade for JR right now.  JR from last year March and April would be much easier to trade.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Isaac MillerIf hr can sing happy birthday, North Korea is an option.  In all seriousness, woody has to ignore Jr's antics and let him work hard, conform before he gets off the bench.  We can't get much for JR in this state anyway so we need to get his attention by taking away his PT.

CiceAsNice
CiceAsNice

@1harris1 You should hear these radio clowns.  Before every Knick/Miami game it is the same thing. 'They have no chance, they can't win, no shot, yada yada'.  Then the Knicks win and they always have an excuse, Hurricane Sandy, etc.  They had no excuse for this game, cause they couldn't find one, but they still have no shot against them in the playoffs.  The old saying, 'You going to believe me or your lying eyes', def applies to all of them.!  To your point, Barkley at half time called them a bad team. 


This is a marathon not a sprint, let them all get healthy at the right time and we can beat anyone!

Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

Screw Oakley. What an idiot. The knicks are such a bad team.. blah blah.. this happens every time tnt does the broadcast. I hate oakley. The knicks played sick tonight.. I missed Clyde and Breen tho.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@1harris1 They're paid to say stupid things and to show specific bias. I can't remember the last time they gave due credit to this team. Even last year they managed to nitpick flaws.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@1harris1 You mean Barkley and the fake New Yorker, Kenny Smith...they are both Knicks hater!!!!

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

@1harris1Kinda wish I was in on that drum line, though

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@zdiddy4nyk JR won't learn. He's very close to a lost cost. I doubt he'll come to the epiphany that his behavior is detrimental to any ball club.

Imo, the coach still has a lot to do to recover the trust and hope he gained last season.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zdiddy4nykWe're still too much a perimeter team and that will make us less consistent but we need wins in any way possible now so I don't care how we get it for now.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

I agree. Humphries would have a huge impact.

1harris1
1harris1

@buddhabing Their defense is always going to be compromised though without Chandler.  Can't really complain about anything tonight.

Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

I think a team like the bucks would give us Gary Neal to pair them a jr oj mayo brandon knight thing with giannis attetekoumpo they might be alright then they can select a good big like jabari parker or joel embiid in the lottery

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@Isaac Miller Breen is a big hater too.  Breen is very negative towards the Knicks.  Steve Kerr who played against the Knicks is way more positive about the Knicks than Breen...fact!!


We would have lost, if Breen called the game..

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@VerySilentJay@zdiddy4nyk You know I am not a big Woody supporter, because he has not proven he can win playoff games.  But, he is finally coaching the way we can win in the playoffs.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@VerySilentJay

Maybe but benching JR is the only way to humble him and let him know that they team will go on without him.  

Ryan Postal
Ryan Postal

@1harris1 @buddhabing 2 or 3 players where LeBron was one on one with Bargs and he drove (obviously) met with no help D. Not happening with Tyson on the court. 

Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

Haha I meant barkley.. but ya zdiddy screw breen we need Kerr doing play by play.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@Isaac Miller It is one thing to read negative stuff from fans, but while I am trying to enjoy the product I am paying for.  I don't want to hear the home team play by play guy constantly hate on my team.

Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

Haha ya but clyde is great and im used to breen. His negativity doesnt affect me because clyde says funny things. Wining and dining.. posting and toasting.. winning and grinning.. makes u smile and forget Breen stupidity

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zdiddy4nykYou are looking at his scoring. I thought JR played much smarter and unselfish b-ball in the 1st half. 

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@xmenreturn@zdiddy4nyk JR averaged over 22 ppg in March and April last year.  By far, JR played better the 2nd half than at the start of last season.


JR was flat out balling in those 2 months.  He was taking the ball to the hole at will against every defender. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zdiddy4nykI thought he was better in the 1st half because he hit some key game winning shots without Melo playing and he was very unselfish then making the extra pass to players like Novak when he had a decent shot himself.

At some pt, it seems things got to JR's head and he thought he was the go to guy and had the green light to do whatever especially when he won the award later in the year.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@xmenreturn@zdiddy4nyk JR was better in the 2nd half of the regular season...right up until he elbow the Jet.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zdiddy4nyk Yep the JR from the 1st half of last year to be specific.  However, Coach can maybe save JR by letting him see that he is not irreplaceable especially if he will not do what is expected. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zdiddy4nykYep but that is why a team like Indy will always give us fits and the Heat too.  The Heat and us are weak inside. 

Isaac Miller
Isaac Miller

Only if Kim Kardashian would twerk for the knicks city dancers. Otherwise Humphries isn't close to the player that b argnani or stat is

buddhabing
buddhabing

@Ryan Postal @1harris1 @buddhabing But it does happen with Tyson on the court. Barniani and Amare are very good offensively but a handicap on defensive end. Would trade one of them in heartbeat if i could get Humphries in return to shore up defense and better prepare for the more physical teams in the league.