Heat rally late and beat Knicks, 99-93

The Heat went into Madison Square Garden Sunday against the Knicks in a battle between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.  The Heat, after trailing for most of the game, put together a late scoring run that allowed them to edge their rival, 99-93.

Lebron James led the way for the Heat with 29-points and ten rebounds.  Carmelo Anthony was the game’s leading scorer with 32-points.

Both teams started with a high amount of turnovers. The two teams stayed close in the first half.  The Heat had a good balance of scoring between all their scorers while the Knicks relied heavily on Anthony, who scored 24-points in the first half.  The Knicks started gaining ground thanks to hot shooting behind the arc from Jason Kidd, who started off four-for-four.    

The Knicks forced 14 turnovers and closed the half with a big scoring run with three-pointers that put the Knicks ahead by 16-points at the half.

Miami came out a little more stern defensively in the second, slowly shrinking the lead.   During this time, Anthony and the rest of his teammates cooled off and allowed Miami to tie the game and eventually take the lead.  About halfway through the third quarter, the Knicks started to re-emerge and began scoring off turnovers much like they did in the first half.

Kidd and Anthony both found Amare Stoudemire wide open down on the block for big dunks that ignited the crowd. Stoudemire made 6-straight points for the Knicks.

The Heat managed to stay within a shout, and Shane Battier hit a three in the final seconds of the third quarter that put them within four points.  Then in the fourth, Lebron James hit two straight three-pointers that quickly tied the game at 76.  Shane Battier then hit a three pointer that gave the Heat their first lead.

Battier shot well, finishing the game with 12-points on four-for-four three-point shooting.

The Knicks then regained the lead when J.R. Smith hit a three-pointer.

Lebron James rejected Tyson Chandler on the defensive end, then went back on offense and bullied the Knicks low-post defense for an offensive tip-in that gave the Heat a four point advantage with four minutes left.

Both teams got sloppy with shot clock violations on both ends, then Lebron James and Raymond Felton traded layups.  With just over a minute remaining, Chris Bosh hit a twenty-foot jumper that put the Heat up by six.

Lebron James sealed the game with a steal at half-court and an easy follow-up dunk.