Bosh, Heat down Knicks

Miami, FL ( – Chris Bosh posted 32 points and six assists as
the Miami Heat snapped a three-game losing skid with a 109-95 win over the
lowly New York Knicks.

Mario Chalmers had 18 points, six assists and five rebounds while Norris Cole
and Luol Deng scored 12 points apiece.

Miami was without All-Star guard Dwyane Wade for the sixth straight game. Wade
has been sidelined with a strained right hamstring and is questionable to play
in the All-Star game next Sunday.

Bosh scored Miami’s first seven points of the fourth quarter and put the game
away at 4:18 with a deep triple. He then put the finishing touches on his
terrific night with an elbow jumper on the next possession to push the lead to

Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 26 points before departing in the second
half to get his left knee examined. Amar’e Stoudemire added 14 off the bench
as the Knicks fell for the fourth straight game.

Anthony shot out of the gate like a cannon, sinking all four of his 3-point
tries and pouring in 14 points in the first quarter. The Knicks led by as many
as 14 and took a 32-23 lead into the second.

Cole’s 3-pointer at 5:20 of the second had Miami back within three, and New
York’s once-comfortable lead was down to 56-52 at halftime.

Trailing by two late in the third quarter, Danny Granger hit a pair of free
throws and Chalmers canned a 3 to make put the hosts up 77-74. They led the
rest of the way.

Game Notes

The six assists are the most that Bosh has recorded in a Heat uniform …
Knicks F/C Andrea Bargnani made his season debut and scored four points in 14
minutes … The Heat have won five straight in the series … Cole had a game-
high eight assists.