Raymond Felton scored a season-high 27 points to lead the New York Knicks to their fifth straight win, 112-92 over the National Basketball Association champion Miami Heat.
The victory at American Airlines Arena in Miami last night lifts the Knicks to 14-4, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Heat (12-5) atop the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks, who beat Miami 104-84 in their opening game of the season, were without top scorer Carmelo Anthony, who needed five stitches to close a finger wound sustained Dec. 5 against the Charlotte Bobcats.
“We played a great game minus our superstar,” Felton, who made six of New York’s 18 3-pointers, told reporters. “Everybody did something amazing.”
The teams reached halftime tied at 53-53 before New York made eight 3-pointers in the third quarter, the most by any team in a quarter this season, as it outscored Miami 37-27.
The Knicks added four more 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as they outshot the hosts 22-12 to send the Heat to a second straight defeat.
“It was a total team effort from everybody,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson told reporters. “Our defense was solid and then we kind of broke it open at the end.”
Steve Novak came off the bench to score 18 points and Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith each contributed 13 for the Knicks.
“We’re not going to brush this off,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters. “We’re going to fix it.”
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