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Everyone is lamenting the sad state of the Knicks after Amar’e Stoudemire’s scuffle with a fire extinguisher marred last night’s Game 2.But lost in the chaos is this: The Miami Heat probably played their best game of the season last night, and no team in the NBA could have beaten them.
- The Heat turned the ball over just eight times, shot 52% from the field, and held the Knicks to 33% from three-point range (Miami’s primary weakness) last night.
- That’s the first time all year they’ve turned the ball over 10 or fewer times, shot 50% or better from the field, and held their opponents to 35% or less from three.
- Teams that have those numbers (10 or less turnovers, 50% or better shooting, 33% or worse opponent 3-point percentage) are 23-0 this year, and 133-5 in the last three seasons (including playoffs).
But the most encouraging sign might be that Miami’s much-maligned role players came up big. Since Dwyane Wade and LeBron James draw constant double-teams, players like Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, and Mike Miller get a solid number of wide-open threes.
Last night, those three role players combined for 35 points and shot 8/15 from three. Combine that with an insane 11/18 shooting night from Wade, and you get the unbeatable performance we saw last night.
It wasn’t as flashy as some of the Heat’s other beat-downs — where they’re forcing turnovers and throwing down transition alley-oops left and right. But it was just as effective.
So here’s the point: The Knicks may be a flaming disaster, but when the Heat play like that there’s nothing you can do.
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