MIAMI - Amar'e Stoudemire was stunned that J.R. Smith took an NBA-record 22 three-pointers on Sunday. He had an even harder time believing the game plan wasn't to get the ball inside more.
The Heat played a small lineup for much of its 102-91 victory over the Knicks. In the fourth quarter, Stoudemire scored inside on consecutive trips as the Knicks moved within seven. But those were the only two shots in the quarter for Stoudemire, who shot 5-for-9.
"We always preach that if you're open, shoot it," he said. "But a team that goes small, you got to somewhat take advantage of that . . . Opportunities like that you got to take advantage of, you got to make that guy play some defense out there, especially when he's undersized and he's guarding myself or Tyson [Chandler].''
Melo can rest up
The Knicks don't play again until Friday, so Carmelo Anthony will get some needed rest and treatment on his ailing right shoulder. Anthony said he hasn't had an MRI yet but feels no strength in his shoulder. He has shot 9-for-31 and scored 23 points in his last two games. "As the game went on, trying to bang with those guys, physically I didn't even have it," he said. "It felt weird for me because I'm a physical guy. This week is big. Hopefully I can rest it and get as much treatment as I can and really get down to the bottom of what's really going on."
Tim Hardaway Jr. was 0-for-7. In his first two NBA games in Miami, where he grew up, he's 2-for-22 . . . Smith's 22 three-point tries shattered his Knicks record of 17 set earlier this season. His 10 makes broke the franchise mark of nine he shared with John Starks, Latrell Sprewell and Toney Douglas.