(MIAMI) — The Miami Heat (27-7) had a day to rest up for the New York Knicks and found a way to shut down Jeremy Lin on Thursday night.
Miami held Lin to eight points, three assists, and eight turnovers in their 102-88 rout of the Knicks (17-18). For now, the Lin-Sanity talk can calm down into the All-Star break.
“I can’t remember another game where it was just hard to take dribbles,” said Lin who has now played 10 games with New York. “They did a great job of making me uncomfortable. We’re a ‘no excuse’ team, so fatigue doesn’t really matter; everyone is tired at this point. Everyone has a 66 game schedule, just have to look at film and get better.”
Dwyane Wade scored 22 in the rout and after the game was asked about Lin’s rough performance.
“First of all, he deserves all of the credit he’s been given,” Wade said. “We knew it was going to be a tough task guarding him. …He’s a good player, but we put a lot of pressure on him and it was a success.”
Chris Bosh added 25 points and LeBron James rounded out Miami’s big three with 20 of his own.
Miami has now won eight straight and heads into the All-Star break with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire