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Jeremy Lin, Knicks No Match For Heat, Lose 100-88

Linsanity is good but it's no match for LeBronsanity. Or Boshanity for that matter.

Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks struggled on Thursday night against the Miami Heat, who played great team defense while the big three scored efficiently in a 102-88 victory to end the first half of the season.

Miami forced Lin to turn the ball over eight times and forced the Knicks to turn the ball over 19 times, grabbing 12 steals in a fantastic defensive performance. They also blocked 10 shots, with five of those blocks coming from Joel Anthony.

Miami has won eight-straight games, their best streak of the season, and have the best record in the NBA headed into the All-Star break..

Amare Stoudemire helped to carry the Knicks in the first half, but just two of his 13 points came in the second half. Carmelo Anthony struggled shooting the ball, dropping 19 points on 7-20 shooting. Lin scored just eight points on 1-11 shooting, with six of his points coming from the free throw line.

Chris Bosh led all scorers with 25 points, but there wasn't much separation between the big three. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and LeBron James scored 20. James also had nine rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks in a fantastic complete performance.

For more on the two teams, check out New York Knicks blog Posting And Toasting and Miami Heat blog Peninsula Is Mightier.