After nearly a week-long trend on Twitter, "#beattheheat," the Knicks officially did it, most likely to the big surprise of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
The Knicks (giving off positive vibes from the get-go) led early, but more importantly, showed enough fight and grit throughout the entire game to be able to contend until the end.
Although Wade scorched the Knicks for 34 points, Danilo Gallinari and his teammates pestered James enough to force him to endure a 7 for 24 night from the field (though he managed 24 points).
James, booed thoroughly every time he touched the rock, has seemed to have fully embraced the "villain" role assigned to him this season, playing with a grimace on his face as he pushed the Knicks on defense and physically shoved them away while on offense.
Ultimately, the "good guys" won--Amar'e Stoudemire led the way with 24 points. However, the real heroes for the Knicks were Gallinari and rookie surprise Landry Fields, who hit back-to-back three point goals to seal the victory as the Knicks pulled away with a 93-88 win.
Gallinari, who led the defensive surge against James, also added 20 points. Fields continued to be an all-around sensation, contributing 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Tracy Morgan and Piers Morgan (no relation) took in tonight's game, as did Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, as well as Magic Johnson. Kanye West, who also was in attendance, reportedly followed media inside Stoudemire's post-game press conference.