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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Knicks rally, cool off Heat in final quarter

MIAMI (AP) With the game on the line, LeBron James got past Carmelo Anthony.

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Making a statement: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrates after a basket by teammate Chauncey Billups (4) against the Heat on Sunday. The Knicks won 91-86. AP PHOTO

Not Amare Stoudemire, however.

And just like that, the New York Knicks — with defense, no less — knocked off the Miami Heat.

Chauncey Billups made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:01 left, Stoudemire blocked James' layup try with 7 seconds remaining to protect a one-point lead, and the Knicks finished with a 13-2 run to beat the Heat 91-86 on Sunday night.

"The bigger the game, the bigger the stage, the bigger they play," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Anthony scored 29 points and Stoudemire added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Billups had 16 points for the Knicks, who rallied from a 15-point, first-half deficit and improved to 2-1 since the megatrade with Denver.

"These games like this are fun," Anthony said. "It brings the best out of everybody."

James scored 27 for Miami, which had won seven straight at home. Chris Bosh added 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade finished with only 12 points for the Heat — who had 20 turnovers, matching the fourth-most forced by New York this season.

"We will have our breakthrough," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "And as painful as this is right now, there will be a time that we break through and we're able to execute and win a game like this against a quality opponent going down the stretch. What you hope is that the pain of a game like this resonates enough to make a change."

With New York up by one, Bill Walker turned the ball over with 12.7 seconds left when he was unable to handle an inbounds pass, and Miami had its chance.

James drove on Anthony down the left side of the lane, but Stoudemire swatted the two-time reigning MVP's try away.

"I watched it the whole way," Stoudemire said. "I knew what he was going to do."

James had another chance, but his potentially game-tying 3-pointer missed with 2 seconds left, and the Knicks leaped in celebration.

The game was there for the Heat's taking, after holding an 84-78 lead with 3:05 left.

New York, as it had all night, came back quickly.

A 9-2 run over the next 3 minutes, capped by Billups' 3-pointer over Wade's outstretched arm with 1:01 left, gave the Knicks an 85-84 edge — and few people in the sellout crowd remained seated at that point.

"Mr. Big Shot" lived up to his name, again. James said before the game that he found it comical that some may have considered Billups to be an ancillary part of the Knicks-Nuggets deal.

Down the stretch, Billups took over.

"It's a shot that I like to shoot," Billups said. "It's kind of a far shot, but it's in my range and I knocked it down."

Lakers 90, Thunder 87

In Oklahoma City, Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 17 points and Los Angeles extended its cushion over the Thunder in the Western Conference standings.

Suns 110, Pacers 108 (OT)

In Indianapolis, Channing Frye hit a long jumper as the overtime buzzer sounded to lift Phoenix.

T-Wolves 126, Warriors 123

In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 37 points and 23 rebounds to extend his NBA-leading double-double streak to 46.

Rockets 91, Hornets 89

In New Orleans, Kevin Martin scored 33 points and Houston won its fourth straight.

76ers 95, Cavaliers 91

In Cleveland, Elton Brand and Lou Williams scored 16 points apiece, and Philadelphia moved above .500 for the first time this season.

Mavericks 114, Raptors 96

In Toronto, Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and 13 rebounds, Shawn Marion scored 20 points and Dallas won its sixth straight game.

Magic 100, Bobcats 86

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Magic past Charlotte.

Spurs 95, Grizzlies 88

In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 18 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Spurs past Memphis.

Hawks 90, Trail Blazers 83

In Portland, Jamal Crawford had 23 points, including a key 3-pointer with 1:36 left, to lead Atlanta.

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