So maybe the Heat really didn't want to play this one after all. LeBron James filled up the box score and had some flashes of brilliance (how about those soaring blocks?), but the reigning MVP was too often a one-man show. James can do all he wants, but if the Knicks hit 19 3-pointers, the Heat might as well pack it up and head home. Denver's next.
Just wasn't his night. Wade couldn't penetrate with ease and found himself taking tough shot after tough shot. If Wade isn't getting to the foul line with frequency, the Heat won't win many games. Though Wade had an efficient evening with his shot, he gambled defensively and had trouble with turnovers.
Bosh had his way against Kevin Garnett opening night, but Tyson Chandler's strength created a new slate of problems underneath. Bosh had trouble thwarting the lobs to Chandler and couldn't take advantage when Anthony guarded him while Chandler sat with foul trouble. Bosh's jumper was nonexistent on a night the Heat most definitely could've used it.
After falling awkwardly late in the first quarter, Allen came up limping and was never the same after that. The Heat could have used someone, anyone outside James, Wade and Bosh, but it was telling that Spoelstra kept Allen off the floor for much of the third quarter. After a sensational debut against Boston, Allen's ankle could be barking. Something to monitor.
With the Madison Square Garden attendees disheartened by Hurricane Sandy and seeking normalcy, the Knicks gave them something to cheer about -- and then some. Carmelo Anthony lit up the Garden with his hot hand early and transferred the electricity to his teammates. The Knicks whipped the ball around the court on Friday, and Miami found no answer for their 3-point shooting. What a night for New York.