Part of the reason the Knicks were able to open a 14-point halftime lead was the performance of Jason Kidd, who finally got hot from three-point range. Kidd entered Sunday having missed his previous 16 three-point attempts. But he drained his first four tries against Miami, all in the second quarter, before missing one with four seconds to go in the first half.

Kidd added a two-point basket in the second half and totaled 14 points. He hadn’t made more than two treys in a game since Jan. 5, when he canned five in a win over Orlando.

Kidd downplayed his sudden change of fortune, saying, "Again, I didn’t come in this league as a shooter. It’s just for me to continue to take those shots that present themselves. This afternoon they went in."

"He played excellent," center Tyson Chandler said of Kidd. "Not only [with] his jump shot but [on] defense and [by] making the right plays offensively."

More time for Amar’e?

Amar’e Stoudemire scored 12 points in only 21 minutes, but wasn’t in the game down the stretch. He was subbed out 4:04 into the fourth and never returned.