THE BRONX - The New York Knicks had their backs against the wall as they looked to avoid being swept in the first round of playoffs for the second season in a row.

Taking on the Miami Heat at home Sunday, Amare Stoudemire returned to the Knicks lineup with a vengeance, despite a heavily wrapped injured hand.

The teams came head to head with a 94-point tie in the final seconds, but Carmelo Anthony helped net the win with a final score of 89-87.