What else can he do? Carmelo or no Carmelo, we always seem to see James at his best against the Knicks, and he came within an assist of a second straight triple-double. He dominated in almost every facet of the offense, exerting power in the paint and then spraying out to shooters. Too bad for the Heat, he was the only one who showed up.
Usually it's unwise to place too much weight on single-game plus-minus, but Wade's minus-33 and Jason Kidd's plus-31 were right on point. It's hard to believe Wade looked older than a 39-year-old out there, but it's true. Wade came out of the gate looking like he wanted to prove himself, shooting jumpers every time he touched the ball. Then he pretty much disappeared.
Not a good sign when you forget that Bosh is on the floor. And that happened several times in this one. He started frigid cold, missing his first five shots of the game, and never recovered. This one is right up there with the 1-for-18 dud in Chicago two seasons ago. A complete nonfactor, but that tends to happen going against Tyson Chandler.
Even with Carmelo Anthony on the bench, the Heat couldn't stop the Knicks. One would think the Heat would come out defending like rabid wolves on national television after getting embarrassed by the Wizards on Tuesday. Think again. The Knicks made tough shots, but the Heat's complacency did them in once more. Maybe the defense thinks the season is starting on Christmas Day again.
Raymond Felton destroyed the Heat's defense, plain and simple. No one could stay in front of him, and when the Heat sent multiple bodies, Felton hit open teammates for daggers. Anthony sat this one out, but you couldn't tell by the final score. Easily the most impressive Knicks win over the Heat in years cued "Let's go Knicks" chants during the game.