With Broadway just around the corner, LeBron delivered his best Jekyll and Hyde act. For three quarters, it looked like he was overwhelmed by Madison Square Garden. With four fouls and seven turnovers early in the third quarter, LeBron was benched until a brilliant fourth quarter that saw him score 11 points before the Knicks hit a shot. Brilliant closing job.
Good thing Wade woke up in the third quarter, because it looked like the Knicks were going to steal a game on their home floor. Like LeBron, Wade looked a little too pumped up to play at Madison Square Garden. He opened the game with a flurry of forced off-balance jumpers and dribbling into double-teams. Then the third quarter came around, and Wade went off.
After shuttling between Miami and New York to attend the birth of his child, Chris Bosh somehow made it back for the tipoff. His teammates seemed to forget he was out on the floor, perhaps because Bosh was absent all day. He barely got the ball. Tyson Chandler deserves some credit, but Bosh might have had the best day of his life, nonetheless.
This was Carmelo Anthony's big moment. Without Amare Stoudemire and with his team's back against the wall, all eyes were on Carmelo to come through with the season in the balance. Instead, he barely punctured the Heat's defense and got embarrassed in the fourth when LeBron pinned Anthony's dunk to the backboard. Anthony was saved by a whistle then, but no one could rescue his night.
What a disastrous second half. The Knicks were short on bodies and woefully short on talent. We should start a basketball investigation of how the Knicks went on an 18-2 run in the first half with most of it coming while Carmelo looked on from the bench. How bad was the second half? LeBron and Wade outscored the Knicks 35-30.