Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 12:21:00 AM with No comments
In front of a star studded Garden crowd, most notably Donald Trump, Howard Stern and Alicia keys, the Knicks put on a rousing performance. New York sent Lebron James and his talents back to South Beach with a 93-88 loss. A nicked up Miami squad played without Chris Bosh who has missed five of the last six games with a sprained ankle.
Dwayne Wade has been battling migraine headaches forcing him to wear tinted goggles that judging from his play gave the man they call the “Flash” extra super powers. Wade dropped in 34 points on 14 of 22 shooting while snatching 16 boards and dishing out 5 dimes. Despite Wade’s brilliance, Miami’s offense was stagnant as Flash’s sidekicks stood motionless apparently mesmerized by his play. Wade’s partner in crime, Lebron James, tallied 24 points on only 7-24 shooting, struggling to find the touch from the perimeter.
The Knicks played unselfish team ball whipping passes around the arc, and in and out of the paint; patiently finding the open shooter. Amare Stoudemire led New York with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Stoudemire told members of the media that the Knicks were not intimidated by the Heat and his squad came out and delivered the goods on Thursday night.
Following a six game losing streak, the Knicks have regained their footing winning their last two contests. On Friday night, New York travels to Phillips Arena to take on Joe Johnson, Al Horford and the Atlanta Hawks. New York lost their first meeting with Atlanta 99-90 at Madison Square Garden on November 27th. The Knicks are eager to return the favor to a fifth seeded Hawks squad that sits 4.5 games ahead of the Knicks. With the NBA Allstar break just around the corner, the Knicks aim to build a new winning streak and close the first half of the regular season riding high.
Friday’s Prediction: Knicks 111 Atlanta 104 F
Player of the Game: Amare Stoudemire. 32 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists.