NEW YORK — They don’t look like the lowly losers of last month. The New York Knicks are playing as if it’s last season — when they even had mighty Miami’s number.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Andrea Bargnani had 19 and the Knicks beat the Heat 102-92 on Thursday night for their season-high third straight victory.
“You can tell it’s different than one month ago,” Bargnani said. “Our faces are different, our body language is different.”
Raymond Felton had 13 points and 14 assists for the Knicks, who seized control with a 16-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarters and beat the Heat for the fourth time in five meetings over the past two seasons.
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New York was second to Miami in the Eastern Conference last season when it won the series 3-1, but there was little reason to suggest until recently the Knicks were ready to compete with the NBA champions this season. New York is 13-22 but has won four of five in 2014, with victories over San Antonio and Miami — last season’s NBA finalists.
“It wasn’t going to last all season like that,” Felton said. “We were just going through a slump. Now I feel like we’re out of it.”
With Tyson Chandler out sick and J.R. Smith stuck on the bench as an apparent punishment, Amare Stoudemire had 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
LeBron James scored 32 points for the Heat, which played without injured starters Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier.
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