Heat rally past Knicks, win 14th straight - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Heat rally past Knicks, win 14th straight

Posted: Updated:

BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer 

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat tied a franchise record with their 14th straight victory, rallying to beat the New York Knicks 99-93 on Sunday.

Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat, who had to overcome a 16-point deficit to beat the Knicks for the first time in three tries this season. Chris Bosh bounced back from a dismal first half to finish with 16 points.

The defending NBA champions won their sixth straight on the road by controlling the final minutes against a team that had a pair of 20-point victories over them this season and looked ready to run them out of the building again.

But James shook off a third-quarter leg injury and was back in top form by the finish, putting it away by coming up with a steal and throwing down a dunk with 23 seconds left.

Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points for the Knicks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Jason Kidd emerged from a lengthy slump to finish with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Knicks. J.R. Smith had 13 points and 12 rebounds but shot 5 of 18 from the field.

The Heat matched their 14 straight wins during the 2004-05 season and finally beat one of their closest pursuers in the Eastern Conference after dropping their first four against the Knicks and Indiana Pacers.

James landed awkwardly when he was fouled trying to catch a lob pass in the third quarter and was trying to loosen his left knee or leg after. He looked fine in the closing minutes, making key plays on both ends of the floor.

Bosh tied it at 87 and Wade's basket with 4:29 gave Miami the lead for good. James then blocked Tyson Chandler at the rim and hustled down the floor to put back a Miami miss, making it 91-87.

The Knicks twice were within two, but James scored on a drive the second time. Bosh followed with a jumper for a 97-91 advantage, and after two free throws by Raymond Felton, James ended the Knicks' final hopes when he stepped in front of pass headed toward Anthony and broke in alone for the slam as Anthony hung his head near halfcourt.

The Knicks beat Miami here by 20 in their season opener and won again in Miami in early December by 20, even while playing without Anthony because of a cut on his finger that required stitches.

This looked headed for another blowout.

Kidd missed all 14 3-point attempts in the last three games and had been in a 7-for-49 slump behind the arc since Feb. 1, finally losing his starting job before Friday's victory at Washington.

But he made a 3 early in the second quarter, then hit three more during a 20-10 surge that turned Miami's one-point lead into the Knicks' 49-40 advantage.

The Knicks then rattled off eight in a row late in the period, opening a 59-43 lead on a free throw by Iman Shumpert with 36 seconds to go. The only concern for the Knicks came when Anthony went to the locker room before the half ended after being hit in the ribs, but was back when the second half started.

Kidd would've been perfect in the period, but was credited with a shot attempt when he jumped to save a pass that was going out of bounds along the sideline and just heaved it toward the basket in one motion.

The Knicks' two victories over the Heat came during their 18-5 start, when they seemed championship capable. But they had been just 17-15 since, falling into a tie for second with Indiana in the East, and were being frequently dismissed as a serious threat to the Heat.

Not by Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, though.

"We know that they're a direct rival of ours right now and they've kicked our butt twice," Spoelstra said before the game. "Tough in this building and despite what anybody said about them this year, or the struggles, perceived struggles that they may have had in the last few weeks, they're the sixth-best team in the league, second in the East and they've had moments where they've beaten the best and have played as well as anybody in this league."

They did again for half the game, but Miami's a far different team now than it was in December.

Bosh had eight quick points in the third quarter after a two-point, 1-of-6 first half, as the Heat got within four. The Knicks regrouped and pushed the lead back into double digits, but Miami then scored the last six of the period, cutting it to 77-73 on Shane Battier's 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds to go.

Miami finally caught up at 79-all when James nailed his second straight 3-pointer, stomping his feet forcefully as he walked away following the second with 10:04 to play.

NOTES: Juwan Howard was inactive, a day after the Heat re-signed the 40-year-old forward who finished last season with them. "To be honest, it felt a little bit strange not having him with us," Spoelstra said. "It makes sense, it feels right." ... Knicks coach Mike Woodson said forward Kenyon Martin will be with the Knicks beyond the expiration of his first 10-day contract.

  • Sports NewsSports NewsMore>>

  • Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected for pine tar on neck

    Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected for pine tar on neck

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:07:08 GMT
    AP photoAP photo
    Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.
    Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.
  • Lawsuit: ex-Buffalo Bills cheerleaders were exploited, groped

    Lawsuit: ex-Buffalo Bills cheerleaders were exploited, groped

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:08:06 GMT
    Buffalo Bills / NFLBuffalo Bills / NFL
    Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments, and one said they had to take a jiggle test so their boss could see how firm their bodies were. The state Supreme Court lawsuit is the third filed this year against a National Football League team by cheerleader...
    Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments, and one said they had to take a jiggle test so their boss could see how firm their bodies were. The state Supreme Court lawsuit is the third filed this year against a National Football League team by cheerleader...
  • USA's Keflezighi, Kenya's Jeptoo win Boston Marathon under tight security

    USA's Keflezighi, Kenya's Jeptoo win Boston Marathon under tight security

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-04-22 02:09:20 GMT
    AP photoAP photo

    "The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon. One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib.

    "The Star-Spangled Banner" played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon. One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics. Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib.


Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices