Knicks put Heat on ice

Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (with ball) drives to the basket as Heat’s center Joel Anthony (right) defends.

MIAMI – Raymond Felton scored a season-high 27 points, and the Knicks connected on 18 3-pointers to more than offset the absence of Carmelo Anthony while dominating Miami Heat for the second time this season, beating them 112-92 last night.

Steve Novak scored 18 points, J.R. Smith added 13 and Tyson Chandler scored 13 for the Knicks, who won their fifth straight and moved 1 1/2 games clear of Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks made eight 3-pointers in the third quarter alone, the most by any NBA team in any quarter so far this season.

Anthony sat out, one night after needing five stitches to close a cut on the middle finger of his left hand.LeBron James nearly picked up his second straight triple-double – 31 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists – in Miami’s second straight loss, the first of those coming on the road against lowly Washington on Tuesday.

Dwyane Wade scored 13 points, Chris Bosh had 12 and Udonis Haslem added 10 for the Heat, who fell to 8-1 at home.

Rasheed Wallace scored 12 points and Jason Kidd added 11 for the Knicks, who finished 18 of 44 from 3-point range.

Thursday night’s other score: Mavericks 97, Suns 94.††

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