Green leads way on offense, defense for Heat

Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:36am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Gerald Green scored a season-high 25 points in Miami's 97-78 win over New York on Friday, but his defensive effort against Knicks' Carmelo Anthony might have been the most impressive part of his performance.

Green, starting in place of injured forward Luol Deng, and rookie forward Justise Winslow held Anthony scoreless for the final three quarters on 0-for-8 shooting at Madison Square Garden, limiting him to a season-low 11 points.

"I respect 'Melo a lot," Green said. "I've been a fan of him before I've even been in this league.

"I just try to take the challenge. You really can't stop a guy like him, you can only contain him, and that's what I tried to do. I just tried to make everything tough for him."

Green dropped in 20 second-half points as the Heat outscored the Knicks 47-29 after the break.

Forward Chris Bosh added 20 points and five rebounds, guard Dwyane Wade had 17 points and five rebounds, while Miami center Hassan Whiteside, who led the NBA in blocks per game (4.7), swatted five shots in the win.

Rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis tied Anthony for the Knicks' team lead with 11 points, while forward Kevin Seraphin added 10 points off the bench.

"You have to give Gerald and Justise a lot of credit," Wade said.

"They kept fighting (Anthony). He is an unbelievable scorer. You have to understand his tendencies and hope for the best."   Continued...

Nov 27, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat guard Gerald Green (14) puts a shot over New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Miami Heat won 97-78. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports