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article imageNBA: Chauncey Billups hits big shot as Knicks beat Heat 91-86

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 28, 2011 in Sports
Miami - This is the game that was marked on the calendar after the Knicks made the deal to get Melo in the orange and blue jersey. The person that the New York fans and other people overlooked when it came to this trade was Mr. Big Shot Billups.
This is the fourth and final meeting between the New York Knicks (30-27) and the Miami Heat (43-17) in this season series. The Knicks have won the series 3-1, but no game was bigger than the win last night in South Beach with the new additions Melo and Billups.
Miami started out dominant in the first quarter as if they were ready to make a statement with this victory. They pushed their lead to seven on a Bosh jumper and continued to increase their lead as it moved to nine and then ten. The Knicks look like they had n answer in the period as the Heat finished with an 11 point lead 34-23.
The Heat tried to keep it going as they kept the Knicks at bay pushing their lead to 12 at one points 51-39. The Knicks looked poised and ready to take over as they chopped the Heat lead down who went cold over the last three minutes of the half. Miami's lead was all the way to 51-36 when Bosh scored with 4:25 remaining in the half. Everything changed in a hurry.
New York scored the final 16 points of the half, starting when Billups made a 3-pointer. The Knicks ended hitting three more before intermission. Fields and Billups both hit one and a falling-down buzzer beater by Walker gave New York a 52-51 lead at the break.
Carmelo Anthony was the leading scorer for the Knicks with 29 points and nine rebounds. Amare Stoudemire scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, he had only one block and that came when the Knicks needed it the most. Chauncey Billups scored 16 points with Landry Fields scoring 5 points with six rebounds.
Bill Walker was the only player off the bench, and the only other player besides the ‘Big 3’ to score in double digits.
LeBron James scored 27 points with 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Chris Bosh scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Dwayne Wade chipped in with 12 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Mike Miller scored 10 points off the bench as it was a battle of ‘Big 3’s’.
Miami jumped back out in the third quarter, but the Knicks kept it close as they never got done by more than six. The Knicks never tied it up or got the lead, but up 66-60 when Miller made a 3-pointer with 3:30 left, the Heat went cold for the rest of the period. The Knicks were within 66-65 going into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was a defensive clinic both ways as the teams locked down. The Heat took the early lead and kept it going down the stretch stopping the Knicks from taking over. The game really came down to the last two minutes after Billups hit a jumper to put the Heat down by two.
The Knicks went on a 9-2 run over the final 3 minutes, and Billups knocked a big 3-pointer over Wade's outstretched arm with 1:01 left in the game giving the Knicks an 85-84 edge. Billups had a steal on the next Miami possession and set up Shawne Williams (6 points) for two free throws and an 87-84 lead.
James got to the line and knocked down two free-throws, and now with New York up by one, Bill Walker turned the ball over with 12.7 seconds left when he was unable to handle an inbounds pass. Miami had its chance and put the ball in the hands of LeBron James, and he tried to drive to the basket on Melo but Stoudemire swatted the ball off the glass.
The Heat still had a chance to win after Williams grabbed the rebound and knocked down two free-throws making it 89-86. The Heat threw the ball into James, who pumped fake and got a clear shot only to have it bounce off the back of the rim and Walker got the rebound.
Walker shot free-throws to close out the game giving the Knicks a big bounce back win over their conference rival Heat.
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