LeBron James scores 31 as Heat crush Knicks

LeBron James put up 31 points to help the Miami Heat pummel the New York Knicks, 108-82. The Heat were on fire from the field in this one, going 45-74 (60.8%). Miami (41-14) is now on a six-game winning streak, dating back to a 103-97 win against Phoenix Suns on February 11th.

James went 13-19 from the field, in a quality performance offensively. Carmelo Anthony had another big game for New York despite the loss, putting up 29 points on 11-20 shooting (3-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 4-6 from the free throw line. He also registered 7 rebounds. Tyson Chandler added 19 points and 16 rebounds.

As the numbers predicted, the high-octane offense of Miami (ranked first in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the porous defense of New York (ranked 29th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.17 points per possession. After putting up an eFG% of 64.9%, the Heat are 13-1 this season when reaching 60% in that metric. From a defensive perspective, New York is 1-8 when an opponent shoots that well against them.

New York (21-37) has now lost four consecutive games.

Coming up next, the Heat square off with the Orlando Magic, who are 18-42 on the year. The Knicks meet the Golden State Warriors, currently 35-23 this season. The Heat came away with a win in three straight games against Orlando.