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Heat holds Lin to 8 in victory

Norris Cole blankets Jeremy Lin, who shoots 1-for-11 with three assists and eight turnovers, his worst game. “A learning experience,’’ he says.

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Norris Cole blankets Jeremy Lin, who shoots 1-for-11 with three assists and eight turnovers, his worst game. “A learning experience,’’ he says.

MIAMI — Jeremy Lin was no match for the Heat.

Forcing the Knicks point guard into easily his worst game by running streams of defenders at him, Miami won 102-88 Thursday night.

Miami has won eight straight, all by at least 12.

Chris Bosh scored 25, Dwyane Wade added 22 and LeBron James had 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Miami, which goes into the All-Star break with the NBA's best record (27-7).

Lin's final line: 1-for-11 from the field, eight points, three assists, eight turnovers. In his first 11 games he averaged 23.9 points and 9.2 assists.

"First of all, he deserves all of the credit he's been given," Wade said. "He's a good player, but we put a lot of pressure on him and it was a success."

"A learning experience," Lin said. "A tough one. I'm not going to hang my head. I know I went out there and I played hard. Can't win 'em all. Can't have a great game every game.

"But at the same time I need to understand, 'Okay, what did I do wrong? How can I improve?' I think that's going to be exciting."

Spike Lee, Floyd Mayweather and Chad Ochocinco sat within seven seats of each other on one sideline, and members of the Mets front office reportedly took a helicopter from the team's spring-training home in Port St. Lucie to Miami.

"It's always big when the Knicks come in," Bosh said. "They have that New York-Miami thing. The crowd enjoyed it. And we enjoyed it."

President Barack Obama took note of the excitement.

"In another life, I would be staying for the Knicks-Heat game, then going up to Orlando for NBA All-Star weekend," Obama told students at the University of Miami earlier in the day. "But these days, I've got a few other things on my plate. Just a few."

Lin had six turnovers in the first half, as did Amare Stoudemire, when the Knicks were outscored 30-16 in the paint, 12-1 on fast breaks and 12-3 off turnovers.

"I'm sure they were all geeked up for him," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said of the defense on Lin. "And they did a great job. It's hard to be Peter Pan every day.''

Teammates encouraged Lin afterward.

"His head was down," Carmelo Anthony said. "So we all went over to him. Cheer up. We have nights like this. They really focused in on trying to stop you tonight. You know, you're on the scouting report now.''

NEW YORK (88): C.Anthony 7-20 4-4 19, Stoudemire 4-7 5-6 13, Chandler 4-7 2-2 10, Lin 1-11 6-6 8, Fields 4-9 0-0 8, Smith 5-11 2-4 14, Jeffries 2-2 0-0 4, Novak 4-5 0-0 12, Davis 0-7 0-0 0. Totals 31-79 19-22 88.

MIAMI (102): James 7-16 6-6 20, Bosh 11-17 3-4 25, J.Anthony 0-1 0-0 0, Chalmers 3-7 1-2 8, Wade 10-22 2-3 22, Battier 3-6 0-0 8, Haslem 3-5 0-0 6, Cole 4-9 2-4 10, Miller 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 42-85 14-19 102.

New York 20 27 19 22— 88

Miami 24 27 29 22— 102

3-Point GoalsNew York 7-17 (Novak 4-5, Smith 2-5, C.Anthony 1-1, Lin 0-2, Davis 0-4), Miami 4-14 (Battier 2-4, Miller 1-2, Chalmers 1-5, Wade 0-1, Cole 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 49 (Chandler 9), Miami 50 (James, Haslem 9). AssistsNew York 14 (Davis, Smith, Lin 3), Miami 19 (James 8). Total FoulsNew York 15, Miami 22. TechnicalsChandler, New York Coach D'Antoni. A20,197 (19,600).

Heat 102

Knicks 88

Heat holds Lin to 8 in victory 02/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:18am]
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