The Knicks drew first blood.
Dwyane Wade drew last.
Apparently, the taste of Wade's own blood gave him a thirst for revenge. After taking what he believed was a cheap shot elbow from Danilo Gallinari with eight minutes left in the game, Wade took over to spark a 19-0 run that put the Heat on course for its 120-115 victory over the Knicks.
Gallinari's blow caused a gash in Wade's lip that required three stitches to close after the game. Wade came up spitting blood on the court. Then he proceeded to deliver the Heat (31-27) from what was on the verge of becoming an embarrassing loss. Instead, Miami improved to 3-3 since the All-Star break.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said this was the kind of win that could spark the team down the stretch. At the very least, it allowed the Heat to move past its dismal performance from Friday's loss to Atlanta.
Player of the Game: Danilo Gallinari - Credit the Knicks rookie for doing the damage that woke the Heat and brought out the Wade of the 2006 NBA Finals. Wade capped a week in which he simply continued to outdo himself with perhaps his most incredible outing of the season. He scored 24 points in the fourth, matching his own Heat record for points in a quarter, and put together a remarkable stat line: 46 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks. He was 16 of 29 from the field and made all 12 of his free throws (a career-best for attempts without a miss).
Surprise, Surprise: Jamario Moon - Made his first start since he was traded to the Heat on Feb. 13. After a performance like that, you have to wonder what in the heck took Spoelstra so long to make the lineup switch. Moon scored a career-high 17 points and added 12 rebounds. He was Shawn Marion, but at a $17 million discount. It would have been a shame had the Heat wasted Moon's energy and inspired play. Before bloodgate, Moon was the most effective player on the court for Miami. Let's just say Miami has found its starting small forward for the playoff push.
Tough Night: Daequan Cook - His search for consistency continues. Cook has been off since he won the three-point shootout championship at All-Star weekend. Maybe that title was bad omen. He has the kind of stroke that gives you confidence he can snap out of it at any time. But he was 1 of 5 from the field (all from three-point range) against the Knicks. He's percentage is hovering around 30 since the break.
Shut 'em Down: Nate Robinson - Had 24 points in the first half, which ties the most scored by a Heat opponent in any half this season. But Robinson, the 5-9 explosive guard, was held to just 1 of 9 shooting in the second half. He couldn't get anything done in the fourth quarter. Credit Mario Chalmers and Jamario Moon for slowing him down after such a hot start.
Stat of the Night: 24 - Kiefer Sutherland couldn't have done 24 any better justice than Wade on this night. Wade was 7 of 11 from the field, made all eight free throws and drilled a pair of three-point daggers in a span of 10 minutes. It tied a franchise record for most points in a quarter.
That Says it All: "I think we need to punch him in his lip every night." - Heat forward Michael Beasley said of Wade.
Next Up: Monday - Cavaliers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. AmericanAirlines Arena