New York Knicks Visit Miami Heat: Game 19 Preview

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat drives past Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks during a game at American Airlines Arena on February 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Heat open a homestand tonight, welcoming 'Melo, Amar'e, and the New York Knicks to the AA Arena in Miami.

The Miami Heat will be hosting the New York Knicks at the American Airlines Arena in Miami tonight. It's the first of three meetings this season between the two teams, and the first of two they will play in Miami. The Heat are 7-2 at home, while New York has a 4-5 road record. This is the first game of a three game homestand. The Heat goes on to host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday and the New Orleans Hornets on Monday. The Knicks will be playing their third game of a four game roadtrip. They beat the Charlotte Bobcats111-78 on Tuesday and lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 91-81 on Wednesday. They will travel to Houston to face the Rockets tomorrow night.

The two teams last met on February 27th of last season. The Knicks surprised the Heat in Miami, 91-86. The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony with 29 points and nine rebounds. Amare Stoudamire scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, while Chauncey Billups added 16. LeBron James paced Miami with 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Chris Bosh added 20 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

NBA: Miami Heat vs New York Knicks (Feb. 27, 2011) Highlight (via bonykid221)

Miami beat the Detroit Pistons in Michigan on Wednesday, 101-98. LeBron James scored 32 points and seven assists, while Chris Bosh tossed in 27 on 12-of-15 shooting on the night. Austin Daye led the Pistons with 28 points coming off the bench. Greg Monroe finished with a double double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards.

Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons [1.25.2012] (via CakesBerry)

New York dropped one to the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday night, 91-81. Amare Stoudamire led four Knicks in double figures, with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Antawn Jamison was Cleveland's leading scorer, with 15.

Knicks vs Cavaliers 1/25/12 Highlights (via phillykid330)

Game Time: 8:00 EST

Season Series: 0-0

All-Time Series: 39-55

Last Five:

Miami: W - W- L - W - W

New York: L - L - L - W - L


Miami Heat: 13-5, first in the Southeast Division, second in the Eastern Conference, tied with Denver for third in the NBA, on pace for 48-18.

New York Knicks: 7-11, third in the Atlantic Division, 10th in the Eastern Conference, 21st in the NBA, on pace for 26-40.

Starting Lineups:

Miami Heat:

PG - Mario Chalmers

SG - Shane Battier

SF - LeBron James

PF - Chris Bosh

C - Joel Anthony

New York Knicks:

PG - Iman Shumpert

SG - Landry Fields

SF - Carmelo Anthony

PF - Amar'e Stoudamire

C - Tyson Chandler


Common Thread:

Miami backup center Eddy Curry played in 222 games over five seasons with the Knicks, averaging 15 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes per game.

Knicks backup point guard Mike Bibby played in 22 games for the Heat last season, averaging seven points and three assists in 27 minutes per game.

Team Milestones:

10 more free throws will move LeBron James past Willie Burton into 12th, with 637.

James Jones needs four more 3-pointers to pass James Posey into 13th, with 215.

Three more 3-pointers will put Mario Chalmers at 310, passing Dwyane Wade into sixth.

One more block will put Udonis Haslem in 11th with 185, passing Brian Grant.

Team Leaders: (minimum half of team games played)


LeBron James, 29.1

Chris Bosh, 21.7

Dwyane Wade,19.6


Udonis Haslem, 8.7

LeBron James, 8.0

Chris Bosh, 7.7


LeBron James, 7.1

Dwyane Wade, 5.4

Mario Chalmers, 4.3


LeBron James, 2.1

Dwyane Wade, 2.0

Mario Chalmers, 1.5


Dwyane Wade, 1.7

Chris Bosh,0.9

LeBron James, 0.8

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