[Miami, FL] After a loss in Game 4, the Miami Heat traveled back to Miami to try and win the series. In the last game, there was not much bench production and overall, the New York Knicks triumphed out of desperation.
But in Game 5, the Heat gave it their all and showed why they are title contenders.
In the first quarter, Chris Bosh and LeBron James were on fire. The Knicks committed two technical fouls within 48 seconds in the quarter, which only helped the Miami lead. LeBron tallied 6 points and 5 assists while Bosh scored 4 points and Mike Miller scored 6 points off of a pair of 3-pointers.
At the end of one, the Heat were up 28-24.
The Heat dominated the second quarter, starting off on a 10-4 run. Bottom line: the Heat were playing great defense and couldn’t be stopped on the offensive side. Dwyane Wade scored 12 points and had an assist. James scored 6 points and had an assist.
Miami outscored New York 27-20 in the quarter. At halftime, the Heat were up 55-44.
Miami looked ready to end the game in the third, going on a 14-4 run to put themselves up by as much as 18. However, Carmelo Anthony tried to keep the Knicks in the game, scoring 9 points, but he was matched by James who scored 8 points. Bosh added another 6.
At the end of three, the Heat were up, 81-67.
Miami Heat star LeBron James scored 26 points against the Knicks in Game 5
Miami kept the lead over 15 for most of the fourth, but with around 3 minutes left, New York gave Miami a scare by cutting the lead to 11. But, the Heat were not to be denied on this night. The final score was Heat 106, Knicks 94.
“Even though it was a five-game series, it was a very tough series to win,” Dwyane Wade said. “I thought it helped us to be able to go against a team like this.”
LeBron James scored 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade scored 19 points each.
The Heat will now face Indiana in the Semifinals on Sunday. It won’t be easy – the Pacers have given the Heat problems throughout the regular season.
“They’re a very well-coached team. They play inside and out. They do an unbelievable job,” LeBron James said regarding the Pacers.
Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra knows it will only get tougher from here.
“This next series, I’m sure, will feel like it’s played in a cage, it’ll be that physical,” Spoelstra said. “We’ll see what adjustments we have to make.”
Note: During game 5, Knick Amar’e Stoudemire fouled out and Miami’s P.A. Announcer Michael Baiamonte commented that Stoudemire was “extinguished” from the game (a reference to him punching a fire extinguisher case after their loss in Game 2).
The team and Baiamonte has since issued an apology:
“Last night at our game, our PA Announcer had a momentary lapse of judgment and used a poor choice of words in describing Amar’e Stoudemire’s fouling out of the game. This is not who we are as an organization or who he is as an announcer. Both the Miami Heat and Michael Baiamonte apologize to Amar’e and the New York Knicks for the inappropriate choice of words.”
By: Michael Tristani II/Sunshine Slate
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