On Sunday Afternoon, at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (35-21) were defeated by the Miami Heat (43-14) 99-93. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 32 points on 9-19 shooting from the floor. He was 13-14 from the free throw line and had two rebounds and three assists.
Jason Kidd scored 14 points off the bench including going 4-5 from three. He added eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.
J.R. Smith also came off the bench and scored 13 points and tied a career high with 12 rebounds. He also had two assists and three steals. He did shoot only 5-18.
Lebron James scored 29 points on 12-23 shooting from the floor to lead the Heat. He scored 12 of his points in the fourth quarter. He also had 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Dwayne Wade scored 20 points on 8-16 from the floor and was one of four Heat players in double figures. He added eight rebounds and eight assists.
Amar’e Stoudemire scored 12 points off the bench for the Knicks on 5-7 shooting from the floor. He only had two rebounds and one assist.
The Knicks bench outscored the Heat bench 39-24
The Heat outscored the Knicks 54-34 in the second half. The Knicks scored 37 points in the second quarter but only 34 in the second half.
The Heat tied a franchise record by winning their 14th consecutive game.
The Knicks are now 11-9 at home after starting the year 10-0 at MSG.
The Knicks are now 17-16 since beginning the season 18-5.
Frustrating. Infuriating. Devastating. Those are the three words that come to mind when I think about the game today.
After the Knicks played the best first half we have seen in months, the Heat, after halftime really turned it on defensively and the game changed in their favor.
They turned it over 18 times, shot under 30% from three and once Miami’s defense turned it up they were able to get out in transition and get some easy baskets.
Those three things combined to cost the Knicks a game that for a while looked like a replay of the wins they had over the Heat earlier this season.
To score fewer points in the entire second half (34) than they did in the entire second quarter (37) is a credit to the defense of the Heat and honestly a shocking turnaround for the Knicks.
If this was a measuring stick game then I think the conclusion is that the Knicks can play with the best in the league. But, without 48 minutes of consistent play, they wont be able to win against those teams.
They don’t have any time to dwell on this loss as they have four more games in the next six days including the Thunder coming to the Garden. This month will make or break the Knicks in terms of where they finish in the East.
There were positives and there were negatives from this game that the Knicks can learn from as this tough stretch continues. Lets see if they can bounce back quickly and take advantage of the Cavs and Pistons before the Thunder come to town on Thursday.
Coming up next the Knicks are back on the road again and have a quick turnaround as they will take on Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will be on Monday at 7:00 pm and can be seen on MSG.