Rapid Reaction: Heat 102, Knicks 91

April, 6, 2014
Apr 6
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The Knicks weren't officially eliminated from the playoffs Sunday, but aside from the effort of a few, they looked like a team ready to start its summer vacation.

New York lost to Miami 102-91 on Sunday to fall 1½ games behind the Hawks in the race for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks are three games back of Atlanta in the loss column and the Hawks hold the tiebreaker. If the Knicks finish the season 4-0, they would need Atlanta to go 3-4 in order to make the playoffs.

Atlanta plays at Indiana on Sunday evening.

Just Ridiculous: You can't blame J.R. Smith for the Knicks' loss Sunday. The shooting guard hit 10 3-pointers against Miami, setting a single-game franchise record. He also set an NBA record for 3-point attempts in a game (22). Smith finished with 32 points on 11-for-28 shooting, partially making up for Carmelo Anthony's struggles (4-for-17, 13 points).

Smith has hit 24 3-pointers over his last three games. That's an NBA record. And this was his 10th career game with at least eight threes, breaking a tie with Ray Allen for the most such games in NBA history.

He knocked down 5 of 8 3s in the first half and helped the Knicks jump out to a 16-3 lead.

Miami bounced back with a 17-1 run to get back into the game and outscored the Knicks 25-14 in the third quarter to take control.

Off afternoon for Melo: Anthony had a game to forget in Miami. He seemed to be hampered by the right shoulder injury that he aggravated Friday against Washington. In the past two games, Anthony has combined for just 23 points on 9-for-31 shooting.

His decision-making hurt the Knicks at the end of the third quarter.

With the shot clock off, Anthony hoisted a jumper with 13 seconds to go. LeBron James got the miss and drove end to end to convert a layup and a free throw for a traditional three-point play. That gave the Heat a nine-point lead heading into the fourth.

James finished with 38 points, six assists and five rebounds. He becomes the first player to score 30-plus points against the Knicks in four games in a season since Michael Jordan (who did it four times in his career).

Mario Chalmers added 15 points and four assists with Dwyane Wade out, and Udonis Haslem had 11 rebounds.

Hardaway Jr. struggles: The Knicks' bench had just nine points through the first 42 minutes of the game. Iman Shumpert scored all nine for the Knicks' reserves. Backup shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. finished the game 0-for-7. Hardaway, the son of former Heat great Tim Hardaway Sr., is 2-for-22 in two games in Miami this year. He has been a big part of the Knicks' bench scoring this season, so when he fails to produce, it seems to have a negative impact on New York's offense.

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
23.7 3.2 0.9 36.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsA. Stoude... 7.4
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.2
StealsP. Prigioni 1.4
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2