The Miami Heat finally came to Madison Square Garden in New York City, a sea of orange surrounding them in what looked like a playoff game.
Maybe that’s all it took to bring out their best on the road.
LeBron James had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 points and nine boards, and the Heat overcame Carmelo Anthony’s 42 points to beat the Knicks, 93-85, Sunday to clinch the Southeast Division title.
The Heat’s lone regular-season game in New York came with the compressed regular season coming to a close - and with a chance they’ll be back again soon.
“This is obviously a lot of our favorite places to play, but I think it came at a good time for us,’’ Wade said. “We were struggling, as in to play a complete game on the road, and what better place to come in and focus then here, where this team has been playing well and can embarrass you if you don’t play your game. So understanding that this could obviously be a first-round matchup as well, I thought today we came in, we didn’t play amazing, but played good enough to win the game. We did a lot of good things, so it was a good time for it.’’
Chris Bosh finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who pulled away in the fourth quarter in a possible playoff preview. Miami is second in the Eastern Conference and the Knicks came into the game tied for seventh, although they fell back behind Philadelphia after the loss.
Lakers 112, Mavericks 108 - Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Pau Gasol made back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime, and host Los Angeles won its fourth straight without Kobe Bryant.
Ramon Sessions scored 22 points, and Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who have gone 4-1 while Bryant rests his bruised shin.
Matt Barnes had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and Metta World Peace scored 18 points as the Lakers rallied in the fourth quarter to finish a four-game season sweep of Dallas, which swept Los Angeles out of last season’s playoffs.
Nuggets 101, Rockets 86 - Arron Afflalo scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half to help host Denver rout Houston and take sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Dallas.
Bulls 100, Pistons 94 - Derrick Rose scored 24 points, including a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and visiting Chicago defeated Detroit for the 15th straight time.
Hornets 88, Grizzlies 75 - Eric Gordon scored 18 points and host New Orleans won for the fourth time in five games, upsetting playoff-contending Memphis.
Raptors 102, Hawks 86 - DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and visiting Toronto cruised past Atlanta for its second straight win over a playoff-bound team.
Magic 100, Cavaliers 84 - Jameer Nelson scored 21 points and visiting Orlando rolled over Cleveland to clinch a playoff berth.
Kings 104, Trail Blazers 103 - Marcus Thornton scored 20 points and made the winning jumper with 3.2 seconds left, lifting host Sacramento over Portland.