Amar’e Stoudemire netted 24 points with a side of eight rebounds, four assists and two steals to lead his New York Knicks past the Miami Heat 93-88 yesterday at Madison Square Garden. The Heat seemed to be in control through the majority of the contest but New York kept chipping away in the fourth, setting the stage for Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields to bury consecutive 3-points in the final two minutes.
Gallinari finished with 20 points and Fields added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks to defeat Miami for the first time this season. “It’s important for us mentally,” said Gallinari. “We lost two times against them and we wanted to get this win. Now we know we can beat them. It was an important win.”
Dwayne Wade (wearing his new-look goggles due to migraines) had 34 points and 16 rebounds but couldn’t find his rhythm in the fourth, missing his final seven shots. LeBron James contributed 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists while James Jones followed up with 15 points and five rebounds, respectively. Miami is next set to welcome the Detroit Pistons tonight as the Knicks hit the road to matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.