Knicks 93, Heat 88

Posted: January 28, 2011 in Knicks

This is more like it.
Recently, the Knicks began resembling the sad-sack team of the last decade during a six-game losing streak.
The Knicks bounced back to beat the lowly Wizards (who haven’t won a road game all year), but tonight was the real test.
The Heat came to the Garden tonight, down one of their big 3 (albeit the least important of the three, Chris Bosh). The Knicks needed a strong performance and got it, although it wasn’t easy.
The Knicks trailed by nine entering the fourth quarter, with Dwyane Wade going off, scoring in every way imaginable in hitting 14 of 15 shots. His shots finally stopped falling and with the Knicks doing a great job on LeBron James all night, New York finally started hitting the open threes that weren’t dropping most of the night.
Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields each drilled huge 3s in the final minute, and the Knicks came away with a 93-88 victory to snap a seven-game slide against Miami. The Knicks played great defense down the stretch, holding the Heat to 15 points (with a good deal of those coming on uncontested layups in the final minutes as the Knicks had the lead and didn’t want to foul or give up 3-pointers). Fields continues to impress in his rookie season, as he finished with 19 points and 13 boards. Gallinari had 20 points, and I find it strange how well this guy shoots with someone in his face. He misses a ton of open looks, but if you increase the degree of difficulty, he’s money. If he gains a bit more consistency, he’s going to be a lethal outside shooter in this league for a long time.
Raymond Felton struggled for most of this one, but hit four key free throws in the final minute to ice the win.
The Knicks (24-21) travel to Atlanta Friday night in a possible playoff preview with the Hawks.

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