Excitement intensified in the second quarter and the Heat entered halftime with a 51-47 lead.
The Heat finished the first half with seven blocks, which tied the team's high in one half for the season. Fans appreciated the effort, giving the Heat a standing ovation. The Heat forced 15 turnovers in the first half with Jeremy Lin and Amar'e Stoudemire coughing up the ball six times each. Those individual totals also tied a high for the Heat this season in a half.
Lin checked back into the game in the second quarter and immediately turned the ball over to Norris Cole, who finished a fast-break with a driving dunk. Cole's momentum swung him sideways around the rim and he fell to the ground with a crash. Uninjured, the play provided a spark for the Heat, which trailed the Knicks 32-30.
The Heat moved ahead 39-38 with 4:22 left in the half with four straight points from Dwyane Wade. Wade finished with 12 points in the half to lead all players. LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers had eight points each. Joel Anthony had three blocks in the half.