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Rapid Reaction: Heat 108, Knicks 82

2/27/2014

MIAMI -- Carmelo Anthony said on Thursday morning that he’d consider everything that happened on and off the court this season with the New York Knicks when deciding his free agency this summer.

What transpired Thursday night isn’t going to help New York’s case.

The Knicks were crushed 108-82 in South Beach against a masked LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Thursday’s nationally televised matchup was another example of Anthony performing at a high level but getting next to nothing from his teammates.

Anthony scored 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting. The rest of the Knicks totaled 53 points on 20-for-63 shooting.

Anthony looked frustrated much of the night.

He carried the Knicks in the first half by scoring 24 points and got them to within two early in the third quarter, but Miami went on runs of 14-3 and 10-0 later in the quarter to take control.

The Knicks are a season-high 16 games under .500 and 5½ games out of eighth place. They have lost seven of eight.

Felton takes floor: Raymond Felton did not play well in his first game since being arraigned on Tuesday on two felony weapons possession charges following an early-morning arrest.

Felton went 1-for-7 from the floor with two points, five assists, three turnovers and two steals. The Knicks were outscored by nine in his 31 minutes on the floor.

Barring unforeseen punishment from the NBA or the Knicks -- or Felton deciding to take a leave of absence -- the point guard is expected to play for the rest of the season. His next court date is June 2.

Masked man: James wore a black mask on Thursday to protect his broken nose. It certainly didn’t affect his shooting. James scored 31 points -- his fifth straight game with at least 30 -- while hitting 13 of his 19 shots. James added four assists and four rebounds in 36 minutes. The Heat outscored the Knicks by 21 when James was on the floor.

No help: The Knicks’ supporting cast was nowhere to be found on Thursday. In addition to Felton’s struggles, Tim Hardaway Jr. went 2-for-15 in his worst game as a Knick. He had six points and missed all eight of his 3-pointers. The Knicks were outscored by 35 when Hardaway was on the floor.

Amar'e Stoudemire was 2-for-6 with four points, Pablo Prigioni went scoreless in 25 minutes and J.R. Smith had 11 on 4-for-9 shooting. New York, by the way, was outscored by 30 in Stoudemire’s 19 minutes on the floor and finished 4-for-23 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Tyson Chandler (19 points, 16 rebounds) was the lone Knick outside of Anthony to help the team on Thursday.

What’s next: The Knicks take on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

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