Miami Heat outclass NY Knicks

Miami Heat swept aside Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks 102-88 on Thursday as the NBA's latest sensation was given a reality check by an All-Star laden team who extended their winning streak to eight games.

Point guard Lin had eight points and as many turnovers as Miami’s defense put him under pressure throughout and stopped the pick-and-roll game that has been so effective for New York in their nine wins in 11 contests.

Lin came into the game averaging 24 points and nine assists over the 11 games since he became part of the rotation but was ineffective against an impressive Miami (27-7) side, who have their best mid-season winning percentage in franchise history.

Miami’s ‘Big Three’ all made major contributions with Chris Bosh scoring 25 points, Dwyane Wade 22 and LeBron James 20 points with nine rebounds, eight assists and five steals.

A sell-out crowd at the American Airlines Arena booed Lin’s first touch and roared on an aggressive Heat from the outset as the point guard, who had passed 20 points in nine of his eleven appearances, was often forced on to his unfavoured left side.

“It is hard to be a ‘Peter Pan’ every day,” Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters.

“They were all geared up for him. They took the challenge and they did a great job.

“I am sure he just had an off day. He is going to use this as a learning experience. As a team, we will do better for him and he will do better for us,” he added.

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