That freight train stretch in the third quarter was something to behold. The Knicks made their play in the adjustment battle in Game 2 by offering a steady diet of double-teams on LeBron in pick-and-rolls. LeBron responded by trying to squeeze a pass to the roll man to no avail. Then LeBron remembered that no one on the Knicks can guard him and it was over from there.
With Iman Shumpert out, Dwyane Wade smelled blood in the water and attacked relentlessly from the opening tip. Dunks, off-the-glass jumpers, fadeaways, basket cuts, you name it -- Wade got buckets. Wade sliced through the Knicks defense like a slasher film villain but tapered off after halftime. That's been a season-long trend for Wade, but the Heat will take it.
A rare dagger corner 3-pointer from Bosh. After feeling his way through some rust in Game 1, Bosh was far more aggressive in Game 2. He rediscovered his dribble game, something that made him a nightmare to guard in Toronto. For some reason, he has abandoned that this season. Amare Stoudemire got the best of him on a couple occasions, but Erik Spoelstra should be satisfied with his outing.
It was like April 15 all over again. Just like the final regular-season matchup, Carmelo went nova when guarded by Shane Battier. Otherwise? LeBron kept him in check. The fronting scheme was there at times, but the Knicks did a far better job of freeing Carmelo up. One of the most prolific shooters in the game, Carmelo tried to shoot his way to victory and failed.
Much better game from the Knicks, but to be fair, anything was better than Game 1. As has been true all season since Jeremy Lin went down, this has been Carmelo Anthony's team and his team only. Unfortunately, that's just not going to cut it against top defenses. Knicks missed Shumpert in a big way. On to New York we go.