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New York Knicks Hit 18 Three-Pointers, Still Lose to Miami Heat: A Fan’s Reaction
The New York Knicks put up a good fight against the Miami Heat on Friday night (Jan. 27), but simply could not overcome the return of Dwyane Wade. The combination of Wade and LeBron James accounted for 10 dunks alone in this game and it was a lesson on what a team should not try to do in transition against a team like Miami.
The most amazing statistic from this game was that New York attempted 43 three-pointers. That is almost an attempt per minute in the game and the team actually shot pretty well from long range. The Knicks finished 18-for-43 from three-point range, coming very close to setting a new franchise record. On shots within the three-point line though, the Knicks went just 12-for-41. That stat right there is enough to show why the Knicks ended up losing this game.
Bill Walker came off the bench to score 21 points on 7 three-pointers, but he also had 6 costly turnovers that kept the Knicks from really grabbing the momentum. Toney Douglas hit four three-pointers and Steve Novak, Mike Bibby and Landry Fields each hit two of them for the night. Four players ended up in double-figures, but Amare Stoudemire only scored 12 points on 5-for-14 shooting. The Miami game plan to clog up the lane when Stoudemire decided to drive to the basket worked perfectly. He was often off-balance and just couldn't find a comfort zone to bring the Knicks easy shots.
With the loss, the Knicks fall to 7-12 on the season and extend the current losing streak to two games. The team just didn't have enough offense down the stretch and it became clear that playing without Carmelo Anthony cannot become a regular occurrence. There is no time to recover from this loss though, as the Knicks have to hop a plane to play the Houston Rockets in Texas on Saturday night (Jan. 28). The game against Houston begins at 8 p.m. ET and it's another game that could become impossible to win without Anthony back on the court.
There were a number of moments where the game got really exciting against Miami, but it almost seemed like James and Wade were simply toying with the Knicks. Anytime they wanted to get to the rim it turned out successful and Wade only seemed to give half-effort in the second half. The duo seemed to just sit back and wait for the Knicks to finally start missing shots and then they clinched the game at the free throw line.
The two teams will face off again on Thursday, Feb. 23 down in Miami again.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a fan of the New York Knicks that has followed the team since the days John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason instilled their defensive will on the rest of the league.
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