The Miami Heat could keep their winning streak alive with a win over the New York Knicks.
Lebron James led with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists as the Miami Heat tied the it’s franchise record in completing their 14th straight victory, rallying to defeat the New York Knicks 99 to 93 on Sunday.
Dwayne Wade also pitched in 20 points for the Heat, who had trailed by 16 points in the third quarter. Chris Bosh was able to contribute with 16 points in the second half despite a slow start in the first half.
After racking up two 20-point losses against the New York Knicks this season, which looked to make it a third, the defending NBA champs found a way to win their sixth straight road win by dominating the final minutes of Sunday’s game.
King James shook off a leg injury in the third-quarter, putting the game away by coming up with a steal and finishing with a dunk with 23 seconds remaining.
Carmelo Anthony’s 32-points for the Knicks wasn’t enough as their three-game winning streak ended.
Jason Kidd lit up the first half with 4-5 three pointers and finish with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the Knicks. J.R. Smith had 13 points and 12 rebounds as he shot 5 of 18 from the field.
Lebron James, after getting fouled trying to catch a lob pass for a dunk in the third quarter, landed awkwardly, but found the will in the closing minutes as he made key plays on both ends of the floor that would prove as game sealers.
Bosh tied the game at 87, while Wades basket with 4:29 remaining gave Miami a permanent lead. Lebron James then blocked Tyson Chandler at the rim and converted a put back, extending the lead to 91-87.
The Knicks came within two twice, but were disappointed by a James score as he drove for a second time. Bosh added with a jumper for a 97-91 lead. After Raymond Felton’s two free throws, James ended all hopes when he stepped in front of a J.R. Smith pass intended for Carmelo Anthony, leaving him alone for a slam dunk.
Despite the Knicks beating Miami by 20 in their season opener and won again in Miami on December by 20 without Anthony, Lebron James and the Miami Heat showed once and again how despite adversity, with will, all is possible.
Although Bosh shot just 1-6 in the first half, he contributed with eight quick points in the third quarter, as the Heat got within four. The Knicks then climbed back into a double digit lead, but then Miami scored the last six of the period, slicing the lead to 77-73 on Shane Battier’s 3- pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Miami finally tied the game at 79 when Lebron dropped his second 3-pointer in a row, stomping his feet with confidence as he walked away following the second with 10:04 to go on the clock.