At 27-9, I’ll go on a limb and say the Miami Heat breaking and/or tying the 1996 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record could be out of reach. Thursday night, loss number nine came at the hands of the New York Knicks 102-92.*
Down five at the half, Spike Lee’s bunch outscored the Heat 59-44 the final two frames. An energizing moment towards the end of the third quarter came when Tim Hardaway, Jr. caught Ray Allen napping underneath the basket for an emphatic put back flush.
Carmelo Anthony led New York with 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists. LeBron James tallied 32 points, five rebounds and six assists (six turnovers, too) in an all-around ugly final 24 minutes for Miami.
Don’t let anyone steal your joy either, Knicks fans. Life’s officially at glass half-full vantage point now. True, 13-22 isn’t a record inviting New York to be mentioned with the elite squads of the league. But – here’s that “glass half-full” thinking – being 3-0 in the last three games and only sitting a game outside of Brooklyn for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, life could always be worse.
Also, as an update on “Lace-gate,” J.R. Smith served a silent suspension and was relegated to cheerleading duties from the very end of the bench.
* – For those interested in such things, the Knicks are 4-1 in their last five versus the Heat.