BEST OF LAST NIGHT: Knicks fans
They showed up en force despite hardships caused by Hurricane Sandy. "Ra-Sheed Wa-Llace" chants at the end punctuated the building's pent-up energy after days of traffic snarls, power outages, fuel shortages and other problems. A moment of silence (a rare thing in Madison Square Garden) was observed before tipoff for the victims of the superstorm. Heat players Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh said afterwards they were just happy to be a part of the emotional night.
WORST OF THE NIGHT: Mario Chalmers' rough game
As good as Chalmers played on opening night, he was that much worse on Friday. In 20 minutes, Chalmers biggest statistic was his number of fouls, six. He had three points to go along with an assist and a rebound.
NIGHTLY NUMBER: 19. The Knicks were 19 of 36 from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Heat was 7 of 20.
LINE OF THE NIGHT: Knights reserve Steve Novak had 17 points in 26 minutes. He was 6 of 10 from the field and 5 of 8 from three-point range.
NIGHTLY ANALYSIS: The Heat couldn't match the Knicks' energy in the first quarter, falling behind 33-17. Wade was off his game in the first period and the Heat never recovered. He finished the game with four turnovers. James had five. As a team, the Heat had 21 giveaways compared to 18 assists. New York again started strong in the second half, outscoring the Heat 26-19 in the third quarter. Heat starters Chalmers and Shane Battier didn't offer much support (five points) for the Big 3. Ray Allen had five points off the bench.
ABOUT THE OTHER GUYS
The Knicks went with a small lineup against the Heat and beat Miami at its own game. New York coach Mike Woodson started three guards (Ronnie Brewer, Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton). Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 30 points at power forward.