MIAMI - (AP) - Jeremy Lin was no match for the Miami Heat. Forcing Lin into easily the worst game of his remarkable run as New York's starting point guard by running streams of defenders at him, Miami topped the Knicks 102-88 on Thursday night - the eighth straight win for the NBA-leading Heat, all by at least 12 points.
Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and LeBron James finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Miami, which will go 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 - a long way from the 23.9 points and 9.2 assists he had been averaging over his first 11 games in the Knicks' rotation, when he breathed immeasurable life into a team that was floundering. "First of all, he deserves all of the credit he's been given," Wade said. "We knew it was going to be a tough task guarding him in this high pick and roll. Our point guards did a great job. He's a good player, but we put a lot of pressure on him and it was a success." On Thursday, Lin simply wasn't the same player, turning the ball over eight times and saying afterward that the Heat defense made it difficult even to dribble. His last miss came with 6 seconds left, the outcome already decided, and he simply walked quietly off the court into the locker room. "A learning experience," Lin said. "A tough one."News 12 Sports Central