The Knicks’ stars did not show up in their previous match and superstar Carmelo Anthony started the game 0-7. However, tonight he came out hot, connected on four early shot attempts and kept the Knicks in the game. Miami went on a little run towards the end of the quarter, but Anthony delivered when the Knicks needed a bucket.
New York stayed with Miami the entire first quarter and the play of Anthony was amazing. He shot 6-11 in the opening quarter and was much more aggressive than in Game 1. The defenders could not do anything to stop him and he helped the Knicks remain in striking distance.
After 12 minutes of play, the Knicks were down just three, 24-27, behind 15 points by Anthony.
The Knicks’ offense hit a snag in the second quarter and there were parts of the period where the Heat opened up its lead. New York was on top at times, but when its isolation play didn’t work, the team struggled.
However, the Knicks never let the Heat blow the game open and still remained in within a reasonable margin. Anthony scored 21 points at the half and the Knicks were down just 53-47 when heading to the locker-room. Carmelo was playing much better in this game and the Heat had little it could do to stop the fire-power.
As a team, the Knicks shot 42 percent from the field but committed six turnovers.
In the third quarter, the Heat used LeBron James to propel the team to a big lead. James attacked the basket and the Knicks had trouble stopping him when he got a full head of steam. James constantly drew contact from the Knicks players and he could not be stopped when penetrating.
The Knicks had moments where they made nice pushes for the lead, but the Heat made key buckets when needed. Battier was very reliable off the bench for the Heat and LeBron was attacking the basket at will.
With one quarter left to play, the Knicks were down 78-69.
The Knicks’ offense was stagnant in the fourth quarter and they went several minutes without hitting a field-goal. The Knicks were running too much isolation play and that prevented them from getting any sort of offensive groove.
As the final buzzer rang, the Miami Heat walked away with a 104-94 victory.
Carmelo Anthony finished the night with 30 points and Amar’e Stoudemire followed with 18. As for LeBron James he scored 19 points, had nine assists and seven rebounds.
Game 3 will take place at Madison Square Garden on May. 3.