LeBron James (B-): After torching the Knicks in New York, James was more deferential -- toward Dwyane Wade, in particular. James was in constant survey mode as the point forward, making smart reads and keeping the ball moving in the offense. Otherworldly 'Bron took a night off, but his contributions were vital, including a key dribble-drive late.
As is usually the case, D-Wade was the most active guy on the floor. He brought a heavy supply of giddyup, finding creases -- or in the case of the Knicks' defense, superhighways -- en route to the basket. His aggressiveness tormented the collapsing Knicks defense and also earned him his first double-digit free throw game since Dec. 13.
The Heat have been running the offense through Bosh early in games, but the Knicks sent quick, hard double-teams at Bosh from the outset. Bosh gradually got on track, but had to work much harder for his shots. All the while, he battled on the boards, did solid work defensively on Wilson Chandler and provided help along the baseline.
The Knicks had no answer down low for Zydrunas Ilgauskas during the game's opening minutes. Big Z set a new NBA record for most points and rebounds recorded in a quarter by a player without leaving his feet, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds over the Lilliputians on the Knicks' front line.
In the first half, the Knicks suffered from a problem that afflicts a lot of sharp-shooting, pick-and-roll teams: impatience. After halftime, they went into attack mode and found some good opportunities off the dribble. But the Knicks still need some answers at the other end, as the Heat decimated them in the paint.