New York Defeats Miami 104-84 in the first sporting event in New York since Superstorm Sandy
With New York City and the surrounding areas still ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks gave the city something to cheer about for a few hours Friday night.
Anthony, who scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds, lead the Knicks over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in a embarrassing 104-84 defeat at Madison Square Garden.
After a terrific season opener on Tuesday, Miami came to this game flat, did not respond to any of the Knicks’ runs, and we unable to lead the game for one minute.
Anthony hit two 3-pointers in a 10-0 run that gave New York a quick 11-point lead, and he followed six consecutive points by JR Smith by pulling up for a long 3-pointer and a 30-12 lead with 1:14 left in the first quarter. Anthony was even further away when he tossed in another 3 at the buzzer, capping his 16-point period and giving the Knicks a 33-17 advantage.
The Heat couldn’t get the deficit into single digits in the second, but were within 55-44 at halftime following 13 points from Wade after his scoreless first period. Anthony was 1 of 9 in the second after hitting six of 10 shots in the first.
Game MVP: Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony was excellent for the Knicks, especially early. He scored 30 points on 10-for-28 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds, four of which were offensive. It was his first quarter that set the tempo for the game though, as he raced out to 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Anthony’s threes carried the Knicks to an early lead and the HEAT were never really able to bounce back.
Tough Night: Mario Chalmers
In 16 minutes Chalmers had six fouls, three points, one assist, two turnovers… Enough said.
Surprise of the Night: Rashard Lewis
The silver-lining of tonight’s 20-point loss has to be the play of Lewis. In 20 minutes of action Lewis scored 16 points (4-6 from beyond the arc), and had six rebounds.
Lights Out: LeBron James
LeBron James led the way for Miami with 23 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks. If it wasn’t for LeBron, this would not even had been a contest as the Knicks ran away with the game from the get-go.
Number of the Night: 57
New York scored 57 points from the deep-ball, making 19-of-36 from beyond the arc with Novak (5), Anthony (4), Jason Kidd (3), Raymond Felton (3) and J.R. Smith (2) each hitting at least two. Rasheed Wallace also his a three late in the fourth quarter for his first NBA points since the 2010 Finals.