Did it really matter that it was Jeremy Lin and Knicks? Absolutely not. It's all been the same outcome for the Heat in the month of February--one blowout after another.
The Heat (27-7) has won eight straight by double-digits and has the best record in the NBA entering the All-Star break. The Heat held Lin to 1 of 11 shooting for eight points on Thursday and forced him into eight turnovers. As for my opinions on Lin's game, I'm going to give Lin the benefit of the doubt because he's so young and not jump to any conclusions.
As for the Heat, they're the best team in the Eastern Conference right now and possibly the entire league. It's between the Heat and the Thunder at this truncated season's halfway point. Some notes:
--The Heat has won 16 of their last 18 and 19 of their last 22 games.
--Against the Knicks, the Heat has won nine of its last 11 games.
--This is nine straight home victories for the Heat. It's 15-2 at AmericanAirlines Arena to begin the season.
--Not only does the Heat have the best record in the NBA but its 27-7 start to the season is the best in franchise history.
--The Heat has held the Knicks to a collective shooting percentage of 37.4 in two games this season.
--Led by Joel Anthony's five blocks, the Heat had 10 overall, which field a season high.
--It's the first game this season each of the Big 3 has scored at least 20 points in a game.
--Dwyane Wade's was 10 of 22 from the floor, marking the first time in the past 12 games he has shot below 50 percent.
--LeBron James had 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds, eight assists and five steals.
--Chris Bosh led all scorers with 25 points. He had eight rebounds.
--Norris Cole can dunk. Who knew?
--Off to Orlando. Leaving tonight.