The New York Knicks locked down one of the top six teams in the NBA, the Miami Heat last night for the 91-86 statement win.
With seconds left in the game, Amare Stoudemire blocked LeBron James layup attempt solidifying the Knicks come-from-behind victory.
The Knicks took a 85 - 84 lead by way of a three-point bucket from Chauncey "Mr. Bight Shot" Billups with 1:01 remaining in the game. On the next possession, Billups stole the pass by Chris Bosh and left the layup for Shawne Williams, but he was fouled. Williams made the free throws giving the Knicks a 87-84 lead with 43.2 left to go.
After both teams traded free throws, James was given a good look at the basket for the game-tying three at the top of the key, but missed the Heat's final attempt with 4 seconds remaining.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 29 pints and 9 rebounds, Stoudemire had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Billups added 16 points.
Miami's Big-three combined for 59 of the Heat's 86 points; James 27, Bosh 20 and Dwayne Wade 12 (5-15 from the field), and also committed 13 of the team's 18 turnovers.
The Knicks proved (for now) that they can win an elite game that ended up in the 90 point area. These types of wins will be key if they plan to make some noise in the playoffs.
The Heat are now 43-17 putting them a half game behind the East's best in the Boston Celtics 42-15.
The Knicks are 2-1 (30-27 overall) since trading for Anthony and Billups.
This game had all the elements of a playoff atmosphere, and did not disappoint the notable stars in attendance, such as, Spike Lee, Chad Ochocinco and Floyd Mayweather.