Heat Check: Miami's stars leave lackluster January in past

After a mediocre January, the Miami Heat began February with an impressive 106-91 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

LeBron James put on a show worthy for Broadway, scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals in Miami's 106-91 win over the New York Knicks.

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The Miami Heat put a mediocre January behind them by beginning February with an impressive victory.

LeBron James scored 30 points with 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals to lead the Heat past the New York Knicks 106-91 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

The Heat, who went 8-6 during the year's first month, were coming off a 17-point home loss in which they had squandered an 18-point lead against Oklahoma City.

Miami shot 53.9 percent (41 of 76), the fifth straight game shooting at least 50 percent, and won the battle of the boards 34-33.

Dwyane Wade contributed 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting for the Heat (33-13). He also had 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Only three reserves played for the Heat before the game's final minute. Ray Allen (3 points), Chris Andersen (10 points, 5 rebounds), and Norris Cole (9 points) were the only Miami subs to enter before garbage time.

Chris Bosh finished with just 4 points on 2-of-11 shooting but had 10 defensive rebounds. He and "Birdman" played simultaneous stretches to give New York some problems.

Carmelo Anthony's 26 points led the Knicks (19-28), who also got 17 points from Tim Hardaway Jr.

Miami led by as many as 14 points in the first half, after which it led 53-46. James (15 points) and Battier (11, 3 of 4 treys) led the Heat's first-half attack.

Bosh struggled in the first 24 minutes, scoring 2 points on 1-of-6 shooting. He missed three 3-point attempts.

THE TURNING POINT

After New York pulled within 84-79 with 9:03 left in the fourth quarter, Miami went on a 12-2 run to go ahead 96-81 with 4:05 left.

THE DIFFERENCE MAKER

Take a guess -- he had a Kingly 30 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals in 39 minutes.

STAT OF THE GAME

After committing 21 turnovers that led to 25 Thunder points on Wednesday night, the Heat did a better job controlling the ball. They had 13 turnovers leading to 14 points vs. New York.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Heat will play the Detroit Pistons 7:30 p.m. Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

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