The New York Knicks returned home to Madison Square Garden and were hoping their fans would help them win a game in this series. The Garden was anxious to get the game under way and the atmosphere in the arena was electric.
However, the Knicks had a slow start to the game and opened up shooting 2-7. Carmelo Anthony was not connecting on his jumpers and his play was fairly sloppy. LeBron James was playing tough defense on him and that disrupted Anthony’s game. To matter worse, no other Knicks player was in an offensive rhythm and that allowed the Heat to take a 15-8 lead.
The Knicks eventually trailed by nine points, and the Heat sucked the life out of the Garden. The crowd was getting restless and the struggles of Anthony was tough to see.
Still, in the final portion of the quarter the Knicks used a 9-0 run and tie to game at 19 after 12 minutes of play. J.R. Smith was the Knicks’ leading scorer with six points, and as a team the Knicks shot 37 percent from the floor.
The Knicks’ second unit was on the floor to begin the game and it provided the team with some great minutes. The ball was moving extremely well and it led to open shots on the perimeter. The team also had players like Smith and Landry Fields attacking the basket which gave the team some looks near the hoop.
The reserves were also playing well on both ends of the court and did not allow the Heat to make a field goal in over eight minutes. With 8:53 remaining in the first half, the Knicks held a 26-20 lead.
The Knicks eventually opened up a 11 point lead and momentum was completely on their side. Everything was clicking for the Knicks; however, the Heat made a 7-0 run to close the half and that startled the Knicks.
After two quarter, the Knicks were up just 40-36 with their leading scorer being Landry Fields with nine points.
The Knicks’ offense struggled mightily to open up the second half and the team scored only four points at the 5:36 mark. Carmelo Anthony continued with his off shooting, but luckily for the Knicks, James has also have a very inefficient night. He committed seven turnovers and four personals fouls. Despite the bad shooting from New York, it was still leading 44-43.
Neither team was able to put together a good run in the third quarter and it was an offensive struggle for both squads. Wade did have a solid quarter for the Heat, but the team combined for 38 points in the period and the Heat held a 58-56 after 36 minutes of play.
LeBron James had a hot start to the fourth quarter and scored the Heat’s first 11 points. As for the Knicks, they continued to have trouble shooting the ball and they could not get anything going on the offensive end.
The Knicks were playing horribly in the fourth quarter and their offense was nonexistent. The team shot 31 percent from the floor in the game and the franchise lost its 13th consecutive playoff game, an NBA record.
As the final buzzer rang, the Knicks lost 87-70 and trailed the series 0-3. Game 4 will be held on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.