Finally, the Miami Heat are able to say they can win here.

After losing their previous four games in this city, the Heat defeated the New York Knicks 106-91 Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The Heat had lost twice to the Brooklyn Nets and once to the Knicks earlier this season. They were also defeated by the Nets in the preseason.

But not this time.

Not with forward LeBron James playing at a peak level and guard Dwyane Wade reverting to old form. James finished with a game-high 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Wade produced his most efficient performance since sitting four straight games with knee pain, scoring 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting.

"We jsut wanted to get back to our identity, regardless who was on the court," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Regardless of who we were playing, what kind of ball it was _ small ball, big ball, medium ball _ we wanted to be disruptive, aggressive. It was encouraging to see the Miami Heat activity again."

Playing on the eve of the Super Bowl, the Heat put on a performance worthy of the stage. The game attracted the likes of soccer icon David Beckham and boxing legend Evander Holyfield. They got to witness a Heat team out for some redemption after their poor showing three nights ago in Miami.

The Knicks victory provided some form of relief from a blowout loss Wednesday to Oklahoma City. That stung so much it caused James to question his commitment to being the game's best player, especially after Thunder forward Kevin Durant grabbed the lead in the race for regular season most valuable player.

It led to the Heat holding a rare Thursday practice after a game day and James arrived an hour before Friday's workout. It was the exact type of focus the Heat needed to cool the Knicks and keep pace with the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers, who still hold a three-and-a-half game lead after defeating the Brooklyn Nets.

"I think this performance started two days ago," Spoelstra said. "After the OKC game, typically we would have had a day off. We all came in to own the film. Before practice, (James) was in for an hour-and-a-half, in the weight room for about 45 minutes. He was letting everybody know that that wasn't acceptable."

The events leading up to the game spawned a nearly flawless showing against the Knicks, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. With the exception of a few lapses, the Heat for the most part were in control throughout.

"We got stops," James said. "We forced turnovers and we defensive rebounded. On the offensive end we executed. When we do that we are a good team."

The story of the first half was the Heat's ball movement and their defense against Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Miami shooting 54 percent in the half was a product of making the extra pass. No one benefited more than Shane Battier, who made three 3-pointers in the first quarter.