Updated: January 27, 2012, 11:22 PM ET
LeBron James 11-18 FG | 9-10 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 31 PTS | +4

LeBron just landed on the ground after that alley-oop in the first quarter. Actually, he and Wade could probably fill a Top 10 on "SportsCenter" using their dunks alone. For LeBron, it was a dunks and jumpers kind of night. More activity on defense would be nice, but that's nit-picking. The oop to Wade with 4:41 left sealed it.

Dwyane Wade 11-19 FG | 6-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 28 PTS | -1

What rust? Wade came out flying in transition, throwing down dunks and showing no ill effects from the ankle injury that kept him out six straight games. He took issue with rookie Iman Shumpert's clean foul on a fast break early, but kept his cool and kept his team in the game. Wade's five steals and two blocks were essential to the Heat's win.

Chris Bosh 4-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -1

Not his finest performance. Surprisingly enough, Bosh did not lack touches in Wade's return. He got plenty of good looks, but he was awful from the floor. Being defended by Tyson Chandler can have that effect. Bosh helped elsewhere on the boards, but he needs to show more aggressiveness off the dribble and resist the urge to settle.

3-Point Defense

The Heat knew exactly what the Knicks wanted to do and they still didn't do much to stop it. Not that they really cared if the Knicks wanted to pull up from 30 feet. Without Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks came out with guns blazing from downtown and made 18 3-pointers. Bill Walker did his best to single-handedly win the game. Not a bad formula for the Heat.

New York Knicks

No Carmelo Anthony, no filter. If the Heat gave the Knicks an inch on the perimeter, they were desperately firing up 3-pointers like they were going out of style. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he was going to stretch the floor more with Carmelo sitting, but they took this strategy to the extreme. A good effort from the short-handed Knicks.

Grades by Tom Haberstroh, ESPN.com


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