From the opening tip, LeBron deployed more energy than the sun, deflecting seemingly every Knicks pass and throwing it down in transition. Four steals in the first quarter alone? Really? The shot selection in the half court could have been sharpened, but he was uncontainable when he built up velocity. The fourth quarter flush from Dwyane Wade was the dagger.
With LeBron flying around like a hummingbird on a sugar high, Wade took the familiar reins as the No. 1 scoring option and did his thing. The synergy in the first few minutes with LeBron practically took the AmericanAirlines Arena roof off. Wade kept the Heat afloat and then some. The Heat continue to roll thanks to Wade's post-injury resurgence.
Considering the stage, this was one of Bosh's best performances this season. He certainly wasn't afraid of Tyson Chandler, blowing by him off the dribble in the opening minutes and attacking him one-on-one in the paint. It didn't always lead to the best results, but it showed he wouldn't shy from the moment. His third-quarter aggressiveness helped create the Heat's decisive cushion.
Really wanted to spotlight Joel Anthony here, but he contributed to this grade anyway. The Heat set out to swarm Jeremy Lin at every opportunity, and it's safe to say, mission accomplished. Anthony, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole refused to give Lin an ounce of breathing room, and it completely threw him -- and the Knicks -- off.
After taking a poll of reporters at halftime, it's a mystery as to how the Knicks hung around as long as they did. Lin was a mess, and Amare Stoudemire alternated between dominant and disaster. Carmelo Anthony tried to shoot his way to victory, but ultimately the Heat's collective firepower was too much.