Knicks continue dominance vs. Heat

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The Knicks picked up their outside shooting in the second half against the Heat.

Best Record vs. Heat
Since Start of Last Season

The New York Knicks continue to have the Miami Heat’s number, beating them 102-92 Thursday for their fourth win against the two-time defending NBA champs in five meetings since the start of last season.

The Heat’s 1-4 record against the Knicks over that span is their worst against any opponent.

Knicks streaking

The victory gave the Knicks their first three-game win streak this season. Previously, they were only one of four teams without such a win streak.

While they build one streak, the Knicks snapped another Thursday. New York trailed by five at halftime before coming back to win, snapping a 17-game losing streak this season when trailing at half. The Knicks were the only winless team in the NBA in such situations.

How did the Knicks get it done Thursday?

After shooting only 1-for-10 from 3-point range in the first half, the shots started to fall for the Knicks in the second half, as you can see in the shot charts above.

New York went 8-for-14 from 3-point range in the second half and shot 63.2 percent overall, its best field goal percentage in any half in the past two seasons.

It was a team effort, as seven of the eight Knicks in the lineup shot 50 percent or better for the game.

The Knicks made more than 70 percent of their shots inside the restricted area in both halves, but increased their field goal percentage outside that area from 31 percent in the first half to 60 percent in the second.

New York finished with 52 points in the paint, breaking a streak of 73 consecutive games in which they scored 50 or fewer paint points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the longest active streak in the NBA. The Portland Trail Blazers now hold the longest current active streak, at 42 games.

The Knicks did all of this without J.R. Smith, who was benched by coach Mike Woodson. It was the first time this season he was active and didn’t play.

Carmelo heats up versus Heat

Carmelo Anthony finished with a team-high 29 points, his fifth straight 29-point-plus regular-season game against Miami. Only Allen Iverson, who had six consecutive such games from 2005 to 2006, has a longer such streak against the Heat.

Anthony has now scored 25 or more points in four of five games since returning from an ankle injury.

Elias notes of the night

Amar'e Stoudemire recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was both his first double-double this season and the first of his career off the bench.

• Thursday was the 800th regular-season game of LeBron James’ NBA career. At 29 years and 10 days old, he became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 800-game milestone.