Knicks 93, Heat 88: New York Wins With Defense

-- Amare Stoudemire to start NBA All-Star Game

  • Live
2 Total Updates since January 27, 2011
  • Updates 2
  • All Updates 2

Knicks 93, Heat 88: New York Wins With Defense

The New York Knicks stood their ground against the Miami Heat tonight, finally vanquishing an opponent that took two games from them earlier this season. Without Chris Bosh, the Heat relied heavily LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and the Knicks proved mostly up to the task of contesting them. A carousel of Danilo Gallinari, Shawne Williams and several other Knicks did a superb job of hanging with James and limiting him to tough, hurried attempts from inside and out. Wade, who was sporting a pair of orange-tinted specs after suffering from migraines, was also well defended, but shot out of his mind through the first three quarters (perhaps those goggles require further inspection). Other than that, the Heat couldn't get much going. James Jones his five big threes for Miami, but no other role player stepped up down the stretch. Erik Spoelstra's crew took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter, but they just couldn't match the Knicks' chemistry and energy, and the Heat's main guns (well, two of three) weren't enough by themselves.

On offense, Amar'e Stoudemire was solid, but he didn't have to shoulder the burden in crunchtime. The Heat, as they tend to do, collapsed on Stoudemire's rolls to the rim (Amar'e scored 24 anyway) and dared other Knicks to punish them from outside. Until late, nobody could make the Heat pay, but once it mattered, two Knicks stepped up. Gallinari mirrored his fine defensive performance with two huge three-pointers in the game's final minutes, while Landry Fields rounded out a night of 19 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists with two bombs of his own. That 4-4 outside in the final six minutes put the Knicks ahead, and Raymond Felton's four clutch free throws kept Miami at arm's reach until the final buzzer.

The Knicks now carry their two-game win streak to Atlanta, where they'll face the Hawks Friday night.

See Posting and Toasting for more Knicks coverage.


Final - 1.27.2011 1 2 3 4 Total
Miami Heat 24 24 25 15 88
New York Knicks 23 23 18 29 93

Complete Coverage >



Continue

New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat: James And Wade (But Not Bosh) Invade MSG

Tonight, the Knicks will face the Miami Heat for the third time this season and second time at Madison Square Garden. In the previous two contests, Miami threw their stable of big men at Amar'e Stoudemire to great success, stifling New York's pick-and-roll and crashing the boards for a pair of convincing wins. Save for a few stretches, the elite Heat defense has been able to slow the Knicks' fast-paced attack so far this season.

While they try and adjust to the stalwart Heat on one end, the Knicks will get a bit of relief on the other. Miami will play without Chris Bosh, who did not travel to New York as he recovers from a sprained left ankle. Bosh torched the Knicks in the past two games, so Wilson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire should be able to concentrate on help defense and rebounding a little more than usual. With LeBron James and (a bespectacled) Dwyane Wade handling the ball, the Knick wings will need all the help they can get.

New York's attempt at building a new streak (of the winning variety) will tip off at 8 PM tonight and will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

See Posting and Toasting for more Knicks coverage.




Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.