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Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 8:57 am  |  25 responses

Post Up: No Melo, No Problem

The Knicks crush the Heat in South Beach.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Knicks 112 (14-4), Heat 92 (12-5)

Well that was…awesome.

After last night’s 20-point drubbing, the Knicks have now blown out the Heat in both of their matchups this season. With Melo on the sideline due to a finger injury, the Knicks hit 18 three’s (while shooting 40.9 percent from three) and had six different players score in double-figures. Raymond Felton (does anyone else think he looks like a fat version of 2Pac?) absolutely terrorized the Heat and was damn near unstoppable in the third quarter. With the score tied at 53 going into the break, the Knicks came out and put up 37 points in the third with Felton doing much of the early damage by hitting a few three’s. For the game, Felton shot 10-20 for 27 points and dished out 7 assists. In the third quarter alone, New York hit eight three-pointers which is the most of any NBA team in a quarter so far this season. In the fourth, the Knicks only gave up 12 points and after a J.R. Smith three-pointer with three minutes to play iced the game, both teams cleared their benches for garbage time.

Quick Hitters:

– The Knicks only turned the ball over 7 times. Miami doubled that.

– LeBron had another great game with 31 points, 10 boards and 9 assists but didn’t get much help from his teammates. Chris Bosh shot 3-12 from the field to finish with 12 points and DWade was -33 for the game.

– Steve Novak scored 18, J.R. Smith finished with 13, Tyson Chandler scored 13 and grabbed 9 boards and Sheed chipped in with 12.

– The Heat have to do something about that frontline, and quick. Despite shooting so many three’s, the Knicks still scored 34 points in the paint and grabbed 11 offensive rebounds. A near-40 Sheed Wallace was giving them fits inside in the second half.

– The Knicks have taken over 80 three’s in the last two games.

 

Mavericks 97 (9-10), Suns 94 (7-13)

A change of scenery has done wonders for OJ Mayo who has always had the talent but, dating back to college, has never been in the right situation to let it shine. Now starting for the Mavs, he is responsible for keeping them in contention as Dirk heals from his offseason knee surgery. During last night’s win, Mayo dropped 23 points (9-17 shooting), grabbed 5 boards and dished out 5 assists in 40 minutes of work. Mayo also came up huge down the stretch. After Markieff Morris hit a three to cut the Mavericks’ lead to two with a minute to go, Shannon Brown stole Darren Collison’s pass and drew a foul. Brown hit both of his free throws to tie the score at 87 with under a minute left. On the next possession, the ball came to Mayo and with Bassy Telfair right in his grill, Mayo drilled a 21-foot jumper to put the Mavs up for good. Over the next 19 seconds, Dallas hit eight free throws to hand Phoenix their fifth straight loss.

Quick Hitters:

– Markieff Morris finished with 15 points and a career-best 17 boards.

– Brandan Knight and Darren Collison each dropped 16.

– Chris Kaman left late with an ankle injury.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i wish Russell Westbrook was on the Knicks so that I could just watch all of my favorite everyone at the same time right now.

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    First off let me apologize to Melo. I wanted him to play and give it a go. I figured since the injury was on his non shooting hand he would play, but I guess he figured he would hurt his team more than help. The Knicks were lights out. Jason Kidd makes a huge difference on the floor. He settles down Felton. Needed that in the Nets game.Great ball movement, and dare I say great defense? Lebron 30,10, and 9 and the Heat still lose by 20 = championship hangover. I expect them to get it together because it’s to early in the season to raise the panic meter. Now if they don’t get it together by the all star break…..

  • JML-G

    while Knicks have seriously proved they are contenders this season (in this game without Melo & Amare!!!), i still dont see them getting past Heat in playoffs

  • Slick Ric

    OJ MAYOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  • Max

    Pau for Bosh?

  • Redd

    You’re a Knicks fan?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no, i’m a nobody fan. that’s just the team i’m enjoying watching the most. while RW is the player i’m enjoying watching the most…….at the moment.

  • Redd

    I hate u right now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL i thought you always hated me anyway.

  • LakeShow

    Heat are the champs, they have nothing to prove. They don’t have to do sh*t this RS.

    Kudos to the Knicks though. Lookin good.

    Raymond Felton, the fat little Tupac, is having a very solid year. I always love seeing him motivated and doing well. He’s putting up 17-7, and has been a steady force for the Knicks, and Kidd has taught him a few tricks. Ray is nailing 3′s at 42%, roughly the same as his regular FG’s.

    Kidd is hitting 3′s at 50% this season. Hilarious cause he was the guy who was once called “Ason”…

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    Tweedledee for tweedledum? No thanks.

  • Caboose

    1. Derrick Rose and Russ Westbrook need to take notes from Wade. This is what happens when you rely on athleticism too long.
    2. Beasley is atrocious. Nothing redeemable about his game.
    3. The Heat play some LAZY defense.
    4. How upset do you think the Blazers are at Felton right now?
    5. It’s between Mayo and Kemba for MIP. I like Kemba.
    6. Knicks are contenders. At least until Amare comes back.
    7. Reggie makes games unwatchable. I swear, nbk, JT, BAMN, or even Lake (if it’s a non LA game) could provide more insightful comments. When it comes to most commentators “analysis” is a word derived from “anal” and the Greek word “ysis” meaning “to talk out of.”

  • LakeShow

    Agree with all this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    I COMPLETELY AGREE with #7. Reggie is such a prick.

  • http://tinyurl.com/GoingtotheKnicksGame SpeedsterNYC

    Knicks are deep, smart, play defense, share the ball and shoot well. Knicks doin’ work! http://tinyurl.com/GoingtotheKnicksGame

  • Redd

    Lol na, you were my commentator til u spewed this nonsense. Lol na jk your the most unbiased and knowledgable commentators on here. Well were.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

  • Peter Walsh

    No Greivis Vasquez for MIP?

  • Caboose

    He was my preseason pick, but the way Kemba (along with MKG) has changed the Bobcats’ mindset…that’s too much to pass up.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Same facial (20 point win), different game. Knicks Tape!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I always knew nbk was a Knicks fan… There is a thin line between love and hate!

  • Redd

    Favorite commentator*

  • Anthony Dixon

    ‘im sure the blazers are happy with their player.

  • squeege

    Except westbrook has never missed a game ever. Junior high, high school, college, pros, for some reason it seems he knows how to take care of his body and avoid freak accidents.

  • Caboose

    I wasn’t referring to injuries. I meant that Wade has always relied on athleticism while somewhat neglecting pure skills. Now that he’s a middling athlete at the 2 guard spot, he’s playing nowhere near where he was. He has the skill, he just needs to stop thinking he can still jump over fools.

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