The New York Knicks and Miami Heat got off to an incredibly fast-paced start on Thursday night, with the Heat jumping out to a 10-4 lead in the opening minutes thanks to some transition buckets, but the first quarter ended with a reasonable score despite the frenetic pace. With fast basketball often comes mistakes, and there were plenty for both teams in the first quarter. Miami leads 24-20, and the teams have already combined for 14 turnovers.
Jeremy Lin has been forced into three of those turnovers, but Amar'e Stoudemire has been even worse at holding onto the ball, couching the ball up four times in the opening 12 minutes. Lin also had an impressive driving layup to his left and two early assists.
LeBron James is off to a big start with six points, three assists, four steals and two rebounds. Along with Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers, James and the Heat have pushed the ball in transition, but they haven't converted as much as they would like. Wade already has a missed dunk and a charge to his name.