Knicks vs. Heat: Recap

Posted: January 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

Amar’e Stoudemire said the Knicks were not afraid of the Heat and he showed why. I wouldn’t say the Knicks played a particularly great game offensively but it was enough to pull out a win against the second place team in the East. The Heat showed that they are very beatable. There will be games where D-Wade and LeBron will be off. Last night proved that you do not need them both to be off their game, but just one of them. D-Wade lit the Knicks up last night, at one point making 13 consecutive shots. He was making everything….except free throws. Wade was on 6-14 from the stripe and kept the Knicks in the game. He ended the game with 34 points, but could have had 42 if he made his free throws. As Wade scorched the Knicks, they were able to hold LeBron James in check. LeBron is notorious for playing big games at MSG, but it was clear early on he didn’t have it. You could see the frustration of James was getting to him. He shot only 7-24 from the field and took many contested shots. He was trying to play a lot of one on one especially in the fourth quarter when the Knicks made the big come back.

I won’t lie, when the Heat started to pull away in the 3rd quarter I was nervous. The Knicks were not making shots, and D-Wade was not missing.  But then the 4th quarter came along and the Knicks were doing the little things. Shawne Williams was crashing the boards coming up with second chance opportunities. Amar’e came out and was more aggressive against Joel Anthony who did a solid job on him the entire night. My key sequence was when the Knicks forced LeBron James into a bad shot and Danilo Gallinari hit a key 3-ball to give the Knicks the lead. They did not look back from there. Gallinari and Fields found themselves making key shots the rest of the way. It is good to see the Knicks ableto win with little production from Wilson Chandler. Wil shot only 3-14 from the field and tallied 7 points. His shooting woes have been the talk of the town since he was talked about in the Carmelo deal. Amar’e led the Knicks with 24 points, Landry Fields added a double-double with 19 points and 13 boards. Danilo Gallinari also poured in 20 for the Knicks. The Knicks return to action to take on the Hawks, Friday night.

Landry Fields and Toney Douglas celebrate Thursday's Knicks' win!


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