Another Knicks-Heat game, another 20-point Knicks win. And if that isn't surprising enough, this one happened with Carmelo Anthony on the...
MIAMI — Another Knicks-Heat game, another 20-point Knicks win.
And if that isn’t surprising enough, this one happened with Carmelo Anthony on the sideline.
Raymond Felton scored a season-high 27 points and the Knicks connected on 18 three-pointers to more than offset the absence of Anthony while dominating Miami for the second time this season, beating the Heat 112-92 on Thursday night.
“It was fun. It was fun the whole game,” Felton said. “Everybody contributed tonight. Everybody did something amazing. We played a great game minus our superstar.”
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Steve Novak scored 18 points, J.R. Smith added 13 and Tyson Chandler scored 13 for the Knicks, who won their fifth straight and moved 1 ½ games clear of Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks made eight three-pointers in the third quarter alone, the most by any NBA team in any quarter this season.
Anthony sat out, one night after needing five stitches to close a cut on his left middle finger.
LeBron James nearly picked up his second straight triple-double — 31 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists — in Miami’s second straight loss, the first of those coming on the road against lowly Washington on Tuesday. Dwyane Wade scored 13 points, Chris Bosh had 12 and Udonis Haslem added 10 for the Heat, which fell to 8-1 at home.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra devoted most of his postgame remarks to the theme that Miami has to “own” its shortcomings.
“We’ll stay connected,” Spoelstra said. “We’re going to own this. We’re not going to brush this off. And we’re going to fix it.”
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