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2/24/12 in NBA   |   DeanMcArdle   |   20 respect

Heat Lock Down Lin and Knicks

MIAMI, FL-- Jeremy Lin is the hottest story in the NBA, but Miami is the hottest team. The Heat defense scorched the Knick's new sensation, and offensively the Heat's big three all tallied 20+ points en route to a 102-88 victory.

Miami's All-Stars made a statement on Thursday. Lebron James dominated all facets of the game with 20 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. Chris Bosh added 25 points and pulled down eight boards, while Dwyane Wade finished with 22 points of his own.

With Twitter feeds bursting with appeals for Lin to be named an All-Star, he did not help his case on Thursday. The Knicks' point guard struggled against the Heat's aggressive defense. In easily his worst game as a starter, Lin finished 1-11 from the field and his eight turnovers matched his eight points.

The Knicks have cooled of late, losing three of their last five contests after Lin created a sensation by leading them on a seven game win streak. During that streak, questions arose as to what the Knicks would do when Carmelo Anthony returned from injury and how the addition of J.R. Smith would alter the team's dynamics. Yet, on Thursday Anthony and Smith shined for the Knicks.

Anthony led the Knicks offensively with 19 points and seven rebounds, and Smith came off the bench to add 14 points.

New York and Miami traded punches through much of the first half, which featured highlight reel dunks from James, Wade, and Amare Staudemire. At halftime the Heat lead 51-47.

The Heat were simply too physical for the Knicks in the second half, though, and wore down New York. James, Bosh, and Wade combined for 25 of Miami's 29 points in the third quarter, and the Heat defense continued to disrupt the Knicks offense.

Could this be the end of Linsanity? Does this show that Lin is not a viable NBA team leader, or are the Heat just that good?

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