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Heat Vs. Knicks: LeBron, Wade Too Much As Miami Wins, 93-85

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade led the way as the Heat hung on for a 93-85 win over the Knicks on Sunday.

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Heat Vs. Knicks Final Score: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Too Much For New York

The Knicks have been winning with Carmelo Anthony's Hero Ball efforts, but New York had no answer for Miami's heroes -- plural -- vs. the Heat on Sunday. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 73 points, and the Heat scored a 93-85 win.

Carmelo Anthony led New York with 42 points, nine rebounds and five assists, but only one other Knick (J.R. Smith) scored in double digits as the Heat clamped down on defense, especially in a suffocating fourth quarter.

Miami put the game away with an 18-3 run that gave them a 91-82 lead in the game's final minutes and sured up the win. The Knicks shot 42 percent from the field and were out-rebounded by 14 boards.

Here are some initial reactions from our team bloggers.

Posting and Toasting's Seth Rosenthal:

Peninsula Is Mightier's Mnelik:

Chris Bosh had one of his best rebounding games of the season, finishing with 16 points and 14 rebounds on 8-14 shooting.

For more on these two teams make sure to check out Knicks blog Posting And Toasting, SB Nation New York and Heat blog Peninsula Is Mightier.


Heat Vs. Knicks Score: Stars Are Shining As Miami Leads New York, 46-44

For the second straight Sunday, Carmelo Anthony is putting on a show on national television. The Knicks forward tallied 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the first half vs. the Heat, but New York trails by a score of 46-44 at half.

The Heat led by as many as 11 in the first quarter, but the Knicks turned it on in the second half. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have turned in excellent performances so far. James has 15 points and seven rebounds while Wade added 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Statistically, the teams were pretty much even at half, with the lone obvious advantage being Miami's +7 advantage on the boards.

But if the Heat don't want to see this game end in Hero Ball x 2 with Anthony, they'll have to lock him up in the second half. James seemed pleased with how Miami made Anthony work in the first half to get his buckets on tough shots.

"He's making contested twos," James told Lisa Salters on ABC. "That's what our defense is built around."

LeBron said they'll live with Carmelo taking those shots in the second half, but if they keep going down, it could be a long afternoon for Miami.

For more on these two teams make sure to check out Knicks blog Posting And Toasting, SB Nation New York and Heat blog Peninsula Is Mightier.


Heat Vs. Knicks: Miami Tries To Reverse Road Struggles At The Garden

The Miami Heat have lost eight of their last nine road games against teams in position to make the playoffs. During that stretch, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been terrific, but Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has had a devil of a time figuring out who can contribute, and when.

Chris Bosh has been having the worst year of his career since his rookie year, and recently it's only gotten worse. He's become completely passive in the offense, which means his lackluster defense on opposing power forwards is even more of an issue when he's on the court. Spoelstra also can't decide on any night whether to give Shane Battier, James Jones, Norris Cole, Terrel Harris or Mike Miller minutes, and the inconsistency in his rotations has led to inconsistencies in the play of his wingmen. Couple that with the black hole of offense that is Joel Anthony and that Ronny Turiaf didn't really play the first few months of the season, and it's not difficult to see where the Heat have had problems.

The New York Knicks (31-28) will be the Heat's hosts Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, and their issues, for once, are not of their own doing. They've been adequate since Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin went down with injuries, but they haven't looked like a dangerous potential playoff opponent. Interestingly enough, if the season ended today, their first-round opponent would be the selfsame Heat. Carmelo Anthony is finally playing up to his capabilities on both ends of the court, but if he has to do it himself offensively every single game, the team won't go far.

The underlying story of the Knicks' entire season has been Tyson Chandler's campaign for NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The Knicks have managed to win games when Anthony, Stoudemire and Lin have been out of the lineup, but the one consistency has been Chandler. The Knicks are a Top 5 defensive team in the league, and his activity the main reason for that. Iman Shumpert's perimeter contributions have also become noteworthy. He's become a lockdown defender, and he'll be tasked with guarding Wade.

'Melo and LeBron have a history of terrific matchups, made even more entertaining by the fact that they guard each other. That won't happen Sunday as Stoudemire's injury has forced Anthony to play power forward. He'll be guarding Bosh and Landry Fields will be tasked with slowing down James. The lack of offensive presence from the center position on the Heat will allow Chandler to roam free as a help defender, which could be the difference in sending the Heat to their ninth loss in their last ten road games against good teams.

For more on these two teams make sure to check out Knicks blog Posting And Toasting,SB Nation New York and Heat blog Peninsula Is Mightier.


Heat Vs. Knicks: Schedule, TV Info And More

The Heat visit Madison Square Garden and the Knicks Sunday afternoon, trying to take a game on the road from a playoff team for just the second time in their last 10 tries.

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