Found March 03, 2013 on
By, Kenneth Teape – Knickswag Contributor
Post Game Recap
Final Score: Heat: 99 Knicks: 93
For a Sunday afternoon in March this game carried a lot of weight and revealed many things. For starters, the Heat are as good as advertised and Lebron James is the best basketball player in the world right now. Second, the Knicks are not the same team as they were earlier in the season when they beat the Heat twice by 20 points and that is not a good thing. The Knicks wilted down the end of the game as the Heat, led by James, hit their stride after halftime and over-powered the Knicks for the win. The loss tonight puts the Knicks percentage points behind the Indiana Pacers again for second place in the Eastern Conference and ends their three game win streak as the Heat extend theirs to 13.
Jason Kidd picked a great day to get his game back together as he helped the Knicks build their big lead in the first half by knocking down his four three point attempts of the game. Kidd attacked the paint at one point as well laying the ball in for two points en route to 14 points in the game, all in the first half. Kidd had a big impact on the glass as well, grabbing eight rebounds. The offense flowed with him in the game as well, as he handed out six assists as the backup point guard with Pablo Prigioni being held out again with back spasms. Kidd seems to be embracing his role as a bench player currently and making the most of it.
J.R. Smith struggled from the field, going five of 18 on the game and three of 14 from the three point line, but he did not let that effect the rest of his game. Smith grabbed a team high 12 rebounds, cleaning up the defensive glass like Mr. Clean. Smith brought intensity to the game tonight; the shots just were not falling for him. It will never be easy sledding against the Heat on offense, but if players help out in other areas like Smith did on the glass today they have a great chance of defeating the Heat.
First half Carmelo Anthony was outstanding. He came out of the gate on fire in the first quarter, scoring 17 of the Knicks 22 first quarter points. Anthony would score seven more points in the second quarter, ending the half with 24 points. Anthony was aggressive and made a living at the foul line, knocking down 11 of his 12 attempts. There was no one on the Heat that was able to keep Anthony out of the paint as his aggressiveness got him into the flow of the game and rhythm as he got to see the ball go through the hoop with all his free throw attempts.
Part of the Knicks not being able to put the Heat and allowing them back into the game was giving up easy baskets. The Knicks turned the ball over 18 total times, giving up 28 points off of those turnovers. Two that stick out the most were James steals, both off of Smith; the first resulted in a loose ball foul being called on Kidd the second virtually ended the game as James steal led to a thunderous dunk.
Anthony’s second half was anything but spectacular. He was visibly tired as Mike Woodson decided against giving Anthony any rest and had him play the whole second half. Anthony cooled off considerably, missing eight of the 11 shots he took in the second half, settling for more jumpers than in the first half. Anthony became less aggressive as he took only two free throws in the second half compared to 12 in the first. James did not allow Anthony to get back into a rhythm in the second half with stifling defense.
Woodson did not utilize his bench as well as he could have. He played Anthony the whole second half, deciding against using the newly signed Kenyon Martin or supposedly healthy enough to play Marcus Camby. Woodson has admitted to being stubborn with his rotations, but he has finally made a move with Kidd going to the second unit; it is time to continue building off of that and make more of the necessary tweaks to the rotation to get the most out of this squad.
The post Knicks Falter in Second Half to Surging Heat appeared first on Knickswag - A New York Knicks Blog - News, Rumors, and more!.
BEST OF MAXIM
He didn't look like he was hurting, but LeBron James reportedly played through knee pain to help the Miami Heat win last night. The superstar has been performing on a whole new level this season (which didn't seem possible), and he has the Heat poised to repeat as NBA champions.Despite the knee injury that Brian Windhorst of ESPN says occurred after James fell awkwardly...
That gasping sound you here, is Miami Heat fans holding their collective breath.
During the third quarter of the Heat’s 99-93 victory over the New York Knicks, James went up for an alley-oop dunk and came down awkwardly after being hit by a defender, he managed to finish the game after some initial discomfort, he’s worried but doesn’t expect to miss any time.
“I was concerned...
LeBron James is an incredbile athlete. He has arguably the best skill set of any basketball player, ever. He has Magic Johnson’s court vision, with Michael Jordan’s athleticism, and Karl Malone’s body. There is nothing he cannot do on a basketball court. Fans know this, and they have been clamoring to see him participate in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest for his entire carer. After...
And we’re still discussing the NBA Dunk Contest. Can we please stop? Several days after the actual dunk contest, people still want LeBron James to take part in the festivities but there is one man in particular who would pay to see it—Magic Johnson. According to ESPN, James is considering the offer. Here is what [...]
[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full...
LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat tied a franchise record with their 14th straight victory, rallying to beat the New York Knicks 99-93 on Sunday.
Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat, who had to overcome a 16-point deficit to beat the Knicks for the first time in three tries this season. Chris Bosh bounced back from a dismal first...
Although considering partaking every year, Miami Heat superstar LeBron James is mulling Magic Johnson’s $1-million offer to compete in next winter’s NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest. “Tell him I’ll get back to him,” said James, 28, who Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett recently predicted would become the first athlete to top the billion-dollar mark since male ***** Tiger...
The official Twitter page of ESPN (@ESPN) tweeted out this image of Lebron James ‘vs the rest of the NBA’ just moments after the Miami Heat’s victory over the Memphis Grizzlies for their 13th straight victory.
@ESPN:13 straight wins. Lebron,and the @MiamiHeat , have a pretty good handle on the rest of the league
They attached the above cartoon with a larger than life Lebron...
Friday I pleaded to stop the madness and obsession over the made up controversy swirling around LeBron James and his dunking. No less than 24 hours later, Magic Johnson put up $1 million dollars on national television to try to entice LeBron James to participate in next year's dunk contest.
I kid you not. One. Million. Dollars. Here's the video evidence from...
MVP candidate Tony Parker went down with an ankle injury last night, and if we have learned anything about Spurs' coach Greg Popovich, we probably won't see Parker again until the playoffs.The Spurs will be fine, as they have already stacked up a nice record for themselves (best in the NBA to be exact) and are generally excellent at plugging in pieces to combat the wear and...
The Knicks have officially announced today that forward Carmelo Anthony has been diagnosed with sore knees and is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons.
During an interview on, ESPN New York 98.7 FM The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show, Knicks coach Mike Woodson admitted that Anthony asked to be taken out of the game due to some discomfort...
Tweet On Friday Magic Johnson made a pretty bold statement when he offered to put up $1 million if LeBron James enters the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest. It’s probably a safe bet that won’t happen so we will have to settle for the dunks worthy of a dunk contest that James has been doing [...]