The Knicks threw different defenders at him, but LeBron didn't take advantage of the mismatches. When Steve Novak or Baron Davis guards the most talented player in the game, it should end in a bloodbath, but LeBron wasn't in that mindset. Rolling his ankle in the third quarter sapped his bounce, but he iced Carmelo down the stretch.
Just like he has all season, Wade started things off with a bang. He paced the Heat's offense in the first quarter, but got careless afterward. If Wade is shooting perimeter jumpers, it usually puts the Heat offense in disarray. His fourth quarter was more up-and-down than a yo-yo, but Miami survived.
For the first time in a long time, Bosh looked like pre-Miami Bosh. He opened the game with a slam and didn't shy away from going at soon-to-be Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler. The Heat needed Bosh to step up in a big way and he responded with his strongest rebounding output in weeks. Can he maintain this production going forward?
The only explanation for sticking Shane Battier on Carmelo that long is that the Heat wanted to conserve LeBron's energy at all costs. The Knicks star beat up on Battier throughout the game, electrifying the fans at Madison Square Garden. But when the Knicks needed Carmelo to rise up in the fourth quarter, Erik Spoelstra finally gave LeBron the assignment. Carmelo couldn't answer.
Anthony put on quite a show, but that alone won't get them anywhere in the playoffs. With Jeremy Lin and Amare Stoudemire out, the Knicks need a second scorer to step up and relieve some of Anthony's offensive burden against top defenses. More than anything, this game demonstrated the Knicks' dependency on Anthony and how it can only go so far.