Rapid Reaction: Knicks 89, Heat 87
May, 6, 2012
By Jared Zwerling | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Knicks got their first playoff win since April 29, 2001, led by Carmelo Anthony's 41 points and Amare Stoudemire's 20.
With the win, the Knicks avoided getting swept for a second year in a row.
TURNING POINT: After the Heat outscored the Knicks 26-18 in the second quarter, taking a 44-38 lead into halftime, the Knicks came out a lot more energized and confident in the third. They didn't allow easy penetration, restricted the Heat's backdoor cutting, which Dwyane Wade feasted on in the first half, and forced them into 3-point shots late in the shot clock. On the opposite end, the Knicks converted, going on a 10-0 run midway through the quarter. Anthony's layup with 3:30 remaining finally gave the Knicks the lead 54-52.
THE GOOD: Stoudemire started. Mike Woodson said before the game that the decision was based on Stoudemire's eagerness to play and the doctors saying it was OK. But knowing STAT, not wanting himself to get pinned on the fire extinguisher incident (especially if the Knicks got swept), he was going to start anyway. With his left hand heavily padded, Stoudemire still played his explosive game. He had two dunks in the first quarter and then had five straight points during the Knicks' third-quarter run.
BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME: With 5:35 remaining, J.R. Smith stole the ball from Chris Bosh after a rebound and connected on a 3-pointer from the right baseline, which capped off a 10-0 run for the Knicks. At that point, they trailed only 51-50.
THE BAD: As Baron Davis drove through the middle of the lane during a fast break with 5:15 left in the third quarter, his right knee seriously buckled. He was down for about 10 minutes until he was carried off the court on a stretcher, and the official diagnosis was a dislocated right patella. The injury represented how the Knicks have just not been able to catch a break this season health-wise. Not only injuries, but significant ones, including Stoudemire's bulging disk, Jeremy Lin's small chronic meniscal tear in his left knee and Iman Shumpert's torn left ACL and lateral meniscus.
WHAT'S NEXT: Game 5 on Wednesday night in Miami.
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