LeBron James scored 30 points and added 8 rebounds to help the Miami Heat take down the New York Knicks, 106-91. The Heat had no trouble knocking down shots from the field in this one, going 41-76 (53.9%). Miami (33-13) picked up the win after falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
James finished 13-22 (1-3 from three-point range) in an efficient offensive performance. He recorded 7 assists and 6 steals as well. Chris Andersen also contributed for Miami, finishing with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had another strong performance for New York in the loss, putting up 26 points on 8-17 shooting (1-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 9-13 from the free throw line. He also added 8 rebounds.
As the numbers predicted, the efficient offense of Miami (ranked second in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the porous defense of New York (ranked 29th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.18 points per possession. The Knicks dished out 14 assists versus 17 turnovers, a ratio of just .82. They are 2-4 on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Heat, on the other hand, are undefeated (9-0) when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
This defeat means an end to a four-game winning streak for New York, pushing their record to 19-28 for the year.
Coming up, the Heat battle the Detroit Pistons, who are 19-27 on the season. The Knicks match up against the Milwaukee Bucks, currently sitting at 8-39 this year. The Heat have a 1-1 record against Detroit this season. The Knicks have come away with a win the last two games against Milwaukee.
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