Defense, James put Knicks in their place

We'll get to LeBron James' 30th career triple-double in a moment.

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JamesThe Miami Heat stepped it up defensively in the second half of their 113-91 win over the New York Knicks.

The Knicks made 22-of-43 field goals in the first half, as Danilo Gallinari and Amare Stoudemire were a combined 11-of-20 from the floor.

In the final 24 minutes, the Knicks shot just 28.2 percent (13-46), and Gallinari and Stoudemire were 8-for-24. Stoudemire needed a season-high 28 field goal attempts to score 24 points.

Stoudemire’s streak of nine consecutive 30-point games came to an end, primarily because of Heat center Joel Anthony. When guarded by Anthony, Stoudemire was 3-for-12 from the field, including 0-8 with 2 points after the 4:26 mark of the second quarter. When he wasn’t being defended by Anthony, Stoudemire went 8-for-16 from the floor.

The Knicks finished 35-for-89 from the floor. The "Big 3" of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were 34-of-64.

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The Heat extend their win streak to 11 games, three shy of the franchise record. They are the fourth team this season with a win streak longer than 10 games. (Both the Mavericks and Spurs had 12-game win streaks, and the Celtics currently have an 11-game win streak.)

As for James, he recorded the 30th triple-double of his career (32 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) and his first in Madison Square Garden. In 12 games at MSG, James is averaging 30.5 points and shooting 49.8 percent from the floor.

James entered the game shooting 37.1 percent from the floor on shots taken between 10 and 23 feet from the basket. On Friday, he went 7-for-9 (77.8 percent) for 14 points, including 3-for-4 in the third quarter when the Heat turned a tie game into 16-point lead.


• When James, Wade and Bosh were all on the floor, the Heat were +28, their highest combined +/- of the season.

• The 84 points by the "Big 3" were the highest combined total in a game this season from James, Wade and Bosh. Their previous combined best was 76 points in a 105-94 win over the Wizards.

• As for the Knicks, they suffer their worst home defeat of the season, and are 2-6 when scoring less than 100 points.