Before the game started, there was some doubt regarding Tyson Chandler. He was battling the flu, but ended up in the starting lineup.
The opening portion of the first quarter was energetic and full of physical basketball. Both teams were running up-and-down the court and were focused on their goal. The Knicks hung in with the Heat and answered back to its runs. With 6:00 to play in the quarter, the Heat was up 12-11.
As the quarter progressed the Heat opened up the lead and with the bad shooting from Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks had trouble scoring. After 12 minutes of play, the Knicks were down 18-24 and were shooting 28 percent from the field. Anthony had four points on 0-7 shooting and Amar’e Stoudemire put in four. However, Baron Davis led the Knicks in scoring with ten points on 4-6 shooting.
The Knicks faced an eight point deficit early in the second quarter, but their bench provided them with an offensive spark. Steve Novak continued with his stellar three-point shooting and J.R. Smith also contributed with his jumpers. Although Anthony could not find his touch on the offensive end, the Knicks were still in striking distance.
However, the Heat used a 14-0 run to expand its lead and momentum was on its side. James got away with several flops and one of them tricked the referees into giving Tyson Chandler a flagrant foul. Still, the Heat used that energy to go on a massive surge and were clicking on all cylinders. At half-time, the Heat was up 54-31 behind 23 by James. Anthony had just seven points and Stoudemire had four.
The Heat also dominated the free-throw line as it attempted 28 of them while the Knicks had shot just five.
The third quarter wasn’t much different and the Heat dominated both ends of the court. The Knicks made small runs every now and then, but they could not do anything to put a dent into the lead. To make matters worse for the Knicks, Iman Shumpert left the game with what seemed like a very serious knee injury.
After 36 minutes of play, Miami was up 81-47 and the Knicks were looking forward to rebound in Game 2.
In the final period, the Knicks decided to rest their stars as the game was decided. The Knicks had an embarrassing showing and it was tough seeing them play so poorly. However, with Game 2 scheduled for Monday there was hope for the Knicks. The Playoffs aren’t based on aggregate score and the Knicks needed to stay positive and focus on improving in Game 2.
As the final buzzer rang, the Heat won Game 1 100-67. Carmelo Anthony had 11 points and Amar’e Stoudemire finished with nine points. For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 32 points and Wade followed with 19.