The New York Knicks reached a season-best three-game winning streak after “upsetting” the Miami Heat 102-92 Thursday Night at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points, Andrea Bargnani had 19, and the Knicks bested the Heat by 10 after a second half surge — which included a 16-2 third quarter to fourth quarter run — to power (or finesse) past the Miami Heat.
Raymond Felton scored 13 points and dropped 14 assists in his second game back after returning from injury.
However, the key to the victory (depending on who you ask) was the benching of J.R. Smith, who has fallen into the bad graces of Knicks head coach Mike Woodson after untying a few shoes (in a way) and being handed a hefty $50,000 fine by the NBA.
“In fairness to our team, I’m not addressing anything else with J.R.,” Woodson said before his team’s game vs the Heat. “I’m not. Just not going to do it.”
The benching of the former Sixth Man of the Year said all Woodson needed to. Smith often stood far away from the team huddle during timeouts, and sure looked like a player that was about to get traded (but we all know that isn’t happening). It’ll be interesting to see how Woodson handles his minutes in the future.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Toure’ Murry, in Smith’s absence, combined for eight points, two assists and three steals. Hardaway also had this impressive put-back dunk over Ray Allen:
LeBron James scored 32 points for the Heat, who played without injured starters Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier and didn’t get much from Chris Bosh, who was held to six points on 3-of-10 shooting. Dwyane Wade scored 23 points and uncharacteristically went 0-for-6 from the charity stripe.
The Heat will continue its six-game road trip against the Brooklyn Nets (who aren’t playing too bad themselves) tomorrow night in the much-hyped “nickname” game.