[Miami, FL] In Game 1, the New York Knicks struggled mightily against the Miami Heat as NY point machine Carmelo Anthony couldn’t hit his shots. Also, the injury to Iman Shumpert was also a big blow to New York’s chances of being truly competitive.
And let’s not forget Miami’s LeBron James, who dominated in Game 1, scoring 32 points in 32 minutes.
As Monday night’s Game 2 of the best of seven, first-round playoff series got underway, the Heat went right back to work on the New York defense. Except this time, it was Miami’s other superstar who took it to the Big Apple Boys.
Dwyane Wade simply dominated in the first, scoring 11 of the Heat’s first 15 points in the quarter. It was surprising to many that LeBron didn’t attempt a shot until about 8 minutes into the game.
For NYC, Carmelo finally broke out of his shooting slump and poured in 15 points in the first quarter. At the end of one, the Heat were up 27-24.
Chris Bosh and James came to life in the second for Miami, with Bosh scoring 7 and LeBron scoring 6. For the Knicks, Anthony continued to play well, netting another 6 points while teammate Amar’e Stoudemire contributed 4 points.
Both teams stayed pretty even throughout the quarter, but Miami again outscored New York 26-23. At halftime, the Heat were up 53-47.
LeBron came out of the locker room playing aggressively on offense, scoring 8 points and handing out 2 assists. NY’s Tyson Chandler also showed up, scored 9 points and Baron Davis also nailed a pair of 3-pointers keeping their team in the game.
Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat had a big night in Game 2
At the end of three, the Heat were up 78-69.
The Heat put the nail in the coffin in the fourth. Mario Chalmers started the Heat off on a 6-2 run to put Miami up by 13. A key to the strong quarter was Miami’s 3-point shooting: they knocked down four. Chalmers ended up scoring 9 of his 13 total game points in the quarter.
The Heat outscored the Knicks 26-25 in the 4th quarter. The final score was Heat 104, Knicks 94.
It was a balanced game for the Miami Heat, scoring-wise. Dwyane Wade notched 25 points and had 4 rebounds. Chris Bosh scored 21 points and also grabbed 4 rebounds. LeBron James tallied 19 points and had 9 assists. Mike Miller and Shane Battier scored 11 points a piece.
“It was a good team win,” Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra said. “A lot of guys contributed on both ends of the court.”
Coach knows that a balanced scoring attack is necessary for Miami to get back to The NBA Finals.
“We’re a much better team, much tougher to defend, when you don’t know where the ball is going and the ball is moving freely,” Spoelstra said. “We ended up moving the ball for a lot of open shots, rather than settling for a lot of semi-contested or contested shots.”
Game 2 will be on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, and the Heat are ready to hear a lot of boos from the rowdy New York crowd. If the Heat can sweep the Knicks on their home floor, it will send a message to their next opponent.
By: Michael Tristani II/Sunshine Slate
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