WHAT IT MEANS: If Sunday's Knicks-Heat matchup was a statement game, here's what the Knicks told the rest of the NBA: We aren't the same team that twice beat Miami by 20 points earlier this season.
The Knicks were outexecuted down the stretch of a 99-93 loss to Miami. They had a 10-point lead with 1:20 play in the third, but let it disappear by missing 11 of 17 shots in the fourth.
James scored 12 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony finished with a game-high 32 points for the Knicks, but had just four in the fourth quarter.
The loss snaps the Knicks' three-game winning streak. They had beaten Miami in two early-season meetings during an 18-5 start. They are 17-16 since.
Miami tied a franchise record with its 14th straight win.
BAD FINISH FOR MELO: Anthony came out red-hot, hitting 6 of 8 shots in the first half for 24 points. But he cooled off in the second half, missing 8 of 11 shots. He also got to the free throw line just twice in the second half after taking 12 free throws in the first half.
TOUGH NIGHT FOR J.R.: Smith didn't have a day to remember. He missed 11 of 14 3-pointers and went 1-for-8 in the fourth quarter. He did grab 12 rebounds, but the Knicks were outscored by two when he was on the floor.
KIDD'S ALIVE! Maybe he likes coming off the bench? Jason Kidd had missed his past 14 3s entering Sunday's game, but he hit 4 of 5 on Sunday and scored 14 points.
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