Final Score: Knicks 102, Heat 92

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

What a win!

CHAAAAAAMPIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONS

The Knicks did it! They just won! They played somewhere between fairly and very competently from buzzer to buzzer, with no significant stretches of outright poopiness in between! When the Heat threatened, the Knicks responded, and when it was time to make big plays, they ran sets, moved the ball intelligently, and made those plays! The Heat gave the Knicks a window and the Knicks punched right through it.

Terrific team game, and lots of terrific individual games as well. Carmelo Anthony played an absolutely stupendous 42 minutes-- 29 points on 24 varied shots, eight boards, and five lovely assists to cutters and shooters. Andrea Bargnani took his lumps defensively, but also made some damn PLAYS on both ends of the floor, blocking a couple shots, hitting a few jumpers, and faking folks out of their boots for some lovely drives. Raymond Felton racked up 14 assists out of the pick-and-roll. Iman Shumpert shot a wonderful 4-7 from downtown. Amar'e Stoudemire worked diligently around the rim to finish and clean up what he didn't finish. J.R. Smith didn't play.

That was awesome. It's awesome when the Knicks take a whole game seriously. Very satisfying. 4-1 in 2014, y'all. Much more tomorrow.

In This StoryStream

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Posting and Toasting

You must be a member of Posting and Toasting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Posting and Toasting. You should read them.

Join Posting and Toasting

You must be a member of Posting and Toasting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Posting and Toasting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker