Heat stifle Knicks, extend win streak to eight
LeBron James collected 20 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and five steals as the Miami Heat had little trouble stopping “Linsanity” in cruising to its eighth straight win by beating the visiting New York Knicks 102-88 on Thursday.
Dwyane Wade scored 22 points but had his 11-game streak of shooting 50 percent or better end with a 10-for-22 performance. Chris Bosh added 25 points and eight boards for the Heat, who head into the All-Star break with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Miami shut down Jeremy Lin, who had his worst game since becoming a regular as New York dropped back below .500. The Harvard product finished with eight points on 1-for-11 shooting and committed eight turnovers against three assists.
The teams started out trading transition opportunities, with James and Wade hooking up on a series of highlight-worthy crosscourt passes for layups.
The Knicks managed to keep pace until the third quarter, when Miami closed with a 12-4 burst to push it to double digits. James scored six points during that surge.
A 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter put the game away.
Carmelo Anthony led New York with 19 points.