By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks were swept aside 102-88 by the Miami Heat on Thursday as the National Basketball Association's latest sensation was given a reality check in Miami's eighth straight win.

Lin had eight points and as many turnovers as Miami's defense put him under pressure throughout and stopped the pick-and-roll game that has been so effective for New York in their nine wins in 11 games.

Lin came into the game averaging 24 points and nine assists over the 11 games since he became part of the Knicks rotation, but had a night to forget against an impressive Miami side who have their best season midpoint winning percentage in franchise history.

Miami's 'big three' all made major contributions with Chris Bosh scoring 25 points, Dwyane Wade 22 and LeBron James 20.

(Reporting by Simon Evans. Editing by Patrick Johnston)