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Heat 105, Knicks 88: Scenes from good team beating bad team

Tank back!

NBA: Miami Heat at New York Knicks Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

So it would appear the Miami Heat are better than the Detroit Pistons. Pat Riley’s minions played stout defense, moved the ball on a string, and generally played the kind of basketball you never see from the Knicks en route to a 105-88 victory. MSG rocked with chants of “Let’s go Heat” in the fourth quarter. God, it was depressing, even for a tank aficionado like myself.

Remember a few weeks ago when Frank Isola tried to bait New York players into acknowledging their surprise that a less-talented Miami team had such a superior record? Um, yeah...the Heat are more talented. They are also better coached. Their front office is better.

Kristaps Porzingis shook off yet another rough shooting start to lead the team with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

Ron Baker started in the absence of Derrick Rose. This play was pretty sweet, but it was damn near the only shot he hit on the night (2-12).

Chasson Randle actually got some run, contributing 9 points and 3 assists.

Carmelo Anthony played perhaps the laziest game I’ve ever seen from him. Maybe don’t play him as much.

Recap to come.