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Heat trio scorch Knicks

December 18, 2010
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

NEW YORK (AP) - LeBron James delivered another vintage performance at Madison Square Garden, scoring 32 points and finishing with his 30th career triple-double to help the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 113-91 Friday night for their 11th straight victory.

James had 11 rebounds and 10 assists, silencing the first sustained boos he's ever heard in New York. Hoping he would sign with the Knicks as a free agent, fans usually showered him with raucous cheers, and he always responded by saying how much he loved playing here.

James' first trip to New York since snubbing to Knicks in free agency to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami sounded different, but otherwise looked the same. The league's MVP toyed with a Knicks team hoping to prove it belonged with the big boys, but instead was overwhelmed by his brilliance.

Wade and Bosh each scored 26 points, extending Miami's longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row from Feb. 26-March 19, 2005. The Heat beat the Knicks for the sixth straight time.

New York's Amare Stoudemire was limited to 24 points on 11-of-28 shooting, snapping his franchise-record string of nine straight 30-point games. He grabbed 14 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points, but the Knicks lost their second straight after an eight-game winning streak.

Shaking off some brief pain after his foot got stuck under the New York bench - the second Miami athlete to be tripped up along a New York sideline this week - James led a 27-7 run in the third quarter that turned a small Knicks lead into an 18-point Miami advantage.

The Knicks rang up 116 points in a two-point loss to Boston Wednesday night, but Miami shut them down in the second half and many fans had departed by the time Miami's trio called it a night.



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