Victory Over Knicks Masks Heat's Problems

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The NBA's most complicated team won a game Sunday that offered an equally complicated view of where exactly they're heading.

In outlasting the New York Knicks for a 93-85 victory at Madison Square Garden, the Miami Heat addressed some crucial questions about their ability to close out close games and win on the road. It was a big victory, it was fueled by the Big Three combining for 73 points and 33 rebounds, and it was much needed after a lackluster three weeks in which Miami played .500 basketball.

The Heat also beat back a furious scoring assault by Carmelo Anthony, who scored 42 points and kept the Heat back on their heels, because LeBron James locked him down defensively in the fourth quarter.

That contrasted a game Thursday in Chicago,...

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