Heat clamp down on defense, destroy Knicks
(The Sports Xchange) - The Miami Heat's sputtering offense continued but they used an improving defense to defeat the New York Knicks 95-78 on Monday.
Miami, spurred by a 36-8 run in the first half, led by as many as 26 points and held on rather comfortably.
The Heat snapped the Knicks' four-game win streak, holding them to 32-percent shooting from the floor.
"They are a good defensive team, that's one part of it -- they make it difficult for you to score," Knicks coach Derek Fisher said when asked about his team's offense's futility.
"Offensively we weren't as organized. We were trying to take it to them instead of reading the defense and seeing what was available."
Miami got 16 points each from guard Dwyane Wade and forward Chris Bosh. No-one has scored more than 30 points in a game all season for the Heat.
"It's just about the team -- it's not about the numbers," Wade said of the unimpressive offensive statistics.
Heat center Hassan Whiteside had 11 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high five blocks, while point guard Goran Dragic added 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
"It was fitting that there wasn't a quote-unquote star of the game," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Continued...