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Heat, Knicks tangle at MSG on Super Bowl eve

(SportsNetwork.com) - With all of the sporting eyes in the world focused on New York Sunday evening, the NBA offers its most successful team in town Saturday night.

The Miami Heat, the two-time defending NBA champions, will pay a visit to the New York Knicks Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will tangle with Carmelo Anthony in front of what is sure to be a Madison Square Garden crowd ripe with celebrities and other athletes.

"They're very smart," Bosh said of the those who make the NBA schedule. "I don't believe in too many coincidences. It'll be fun. People will enjoy it."

The Heat just went 3-1 on a recent homestand and suffered a 112-95 loss to the red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant on Wednesday.

James had 34 points on 12-of-20 shooting for the Heat, who fell to 19-4 at home this year and are 5-5 in their last 10 tilts.

"Other than the first eight minutes of the game they outclassed us tonight," Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Bosh and Wade scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, for the Heat in the loss. Bosh was named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star team on Thursday.

Miami will play seven of the next eight games on the road.

New York has won four in a row and recorded a 117-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Anthony scored 29 points and Tim Hardaway, Jr. posted a career-high 29 points for New York. J.R. Smith netted 19 points.

"I think he is playing more relaxed," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said of Smith. "He is more engaged and in-tune and he is doing what we want from him."

Raymond Felton scored 12 points with nine assists and Tyson Chandler added 11 points with eight rebounds.

New York has won four in a row since losing five straight and is 11-15 at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks are 4-1 against Miami in the regular season over the past two years and posted a 102-92 victory in this series on Jan. 9 in the Big Apple. The Knicks will visit Miami on Feb. 27 and April 6.

02/01 10:44:54 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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