Led by Carmelo Anthony’s career-high-tying 50 points, the New York Knicks defeated the Miami Heat 102-90.
The Heat were without injured starters LeBron James (right hamstring), Dwyane Wade (right ankle/knee) and Mario Chalmers (right ankle) who all sat out with minor injuries for the second game in a row.
Chris Bosh had 23 points, and Mike Miller added 18 points to lead the Heat. But Miller was held scoreless in the second half.
The Knicks extended their winning streak to nine games, the longest active string in the NBA. The Knicks also tied the Indiana Pacers in the battle for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
A third win from four games against Miami this season is a major psychological boost for the Knicks, who could come up against the Heat in the playoffs.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was fullsome in his praise for Anthony, who hit the 50-point mark for the third time in his career.
Anthony was 18 of 26 from the field and reached the 50-point mark with 16.9 seconds left on the clock as the Knicks dominated the fourth quarter.