It appears that third time is the charm for the New York Knicks as they finally were able to topple the mighty Miami Heat 93-88 Thursday night. The win was their first in three tries against the Heat and created some major excitement among Knicks players.
"It’s important for us mentally," The Knicks Danilo Gallinari said. "We lost two times against them and we wanted to get this win. Now we know we can beat them. It was an important win."
The Knicks, who have had a very difficult time containing LeBron James in the past, held the mega-star to a dismal 7-24 from the field. Playing without Chris Bosh, James was forced to play more in the low post, a position that the 2 time MVP would readily abandon in a heartbeat. With his back to the basket, James missed 14 of 18 through three quarters and looked flustered and annoyed.
"I had some great looks, I just missed them," James said. "Had nothing to do with me being down in the low post."
The Heat kept it close throughout the game thanks largely to Dwayne Wade who chipped in 34 points and 16 boards. Wade, who was sporting some new goggles in the hope to stave off migraines that have been plaguing him recently , was great through three quarters but faltered down the stretch, missing all seven shots he attempted in the fourth and deciding quarter.
"When I came back in, I trusted my teammates. I got off the ball, gave guys shots. They just didn’t go down," Wade said. "Kind of got out of a rhythm there for a while — doing what I was supposed to do. I was playing kind of point guard at the time so I was facilitating, got some good shots; just didn’t go in. Before that I was really aggressive. I was playing a different role."
The Knicks were led by Amare Stoudemire who put up 24 points and 8 boards in the win. New York used a swarming defense and a deeper bench to outlast the Heat in front of a sell-out crowd that features such celebrities as Howard Stern, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Donald Trump, Magic Johnson, Carrie Underwood and Tracy Morgan.