The New York Knicks, led by Jeremy Lin and Anthony Carmelo lost to the Miami Heat and LeBron James on Feb 23, 2012 with a final score of 102-88, giving the Knicks a season record 17-18 and positioning the Heat as the team to beat with the best record in the NBA (27-7).
Lin dissapointed his fans, shooting just one for 11 from the field and turning the ball over eight times to the Heat allowing Miami to capture their seventh straight lead in a streak that put New York's Linsanity to shame. The Heat's star player, LeBron James, was expected to have to focus on keeping a lid on Lin, but was relieved by teamates Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, who clamped down on the Taiwanese point guard stopping him short and limiting his ability to score and dish out assists.
The Heat were led in baskets by Chris Bosh who scored 25 points. Dwayne Wade added 22 and LeBron James scored 20. All three will participate in the All-star break.
The Knicks had a total of 18 turnovers, proving that they have yet to solidify their chemistry as a team following the rapid rise to fame of Jeremy Lin, Carmleo Anthony's groin injury, and the addition of newly acquired player J.R. Smith. Melo led the Knicks scoring with 19 points followed by Smith with 14 off the bench and 3-point shooter Steve Novak with 12 points.
Spike Lee, the perennial Knicks fan and Jeremy Lin fanatic, was at the game and commented on his team's loss afterward via his verified Twitter account, writing, You Can Not Turn The Ball Over That Much Against A Elite Team Like The Miami And Expect To Win.Our Guys Need To Rest Up During This Break Yo.
Check out our roundup of highlights from the game via YouTube: