[sny-box]The Least You Should Know
The Knicks were outclassed by the Heat tonight. They were beat up on both sides of the ball with the Heat completely smothering the Knicks on defense.
Lebron James finished with 30 points, leading the Heat while the Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony's 26.
Tim Hardaway Jr. was one of the few bright spots for the Knicks, hitting some big shots and firing the Knicks up repeatedly throughout the game. He finished with 17.
The Knicks trailed throughout the game, pulling it to within 2 in the 3rd before the Heat went on a few huge runs to put the game away in the 4th.
This was a tough game to swallow for the Knicks because it points out their fatal flaw. They just aren't that good of a basketball team. Having won 4 straight against mediocre teams, they were beaten in every aspect of the game by the Heat on Saturday night.
The worst part of this game is how close the Knicks got. They were hanging on for dear life at the end of the 3rd quarter and as the 4th quarter started you thought a miracle was possible. A huge offensive foul call against Tyson Chandler, which was questionable at best, tossed the momentum back to the Heat and it remained there.
J.R. Smith continued his hot play, scoring 20 points on 6 for 11. He and Tim Hardaway Jr. continue to play great as a tandem back-court. Hardaway Jr., scored 17 on 7 for 14, adding 3 3-pointers.
The defense was really the story of this game. The Heat played smothering defense, holding the Knicks down any time they needed a stop. That defensive intensity wasn't matched by the Knicks. They gave up 106 points, letting Norris Cole eat them up in the 4th. Dwayne Wade showed why he's a future Hall of Famer, hitting shots over and over and of course, Lebron James was dominant as always.
Once again, this is a tough loss for the Knicks. If they Knicks want to prove they are playoff team, they have to beat great teams at home. They didn't and now find themselves 9 games below .500.
The Knicks face the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday at 8pm.