Miami Heat Hold Off New York Knicks to Take Home-And-Home Series – NBC 6 South Florida
A Heat Knicks game, just like the old days.
Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo made sure it didn’t get away from Miami.
The duo scored a majority of Miami’s goals in the second half. Butler finished the game with 26 points and the Heat defeated New York 98-96 on Tuesday night to complete a home-and-home streak.
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“This was more of a ’90s Miami Heat throwback game against New York Knicks that didn’t see many open shots fired in the last 14, 16 minutes of the game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told I just need to get one win. “
RJ Barrett had a chance to win the final game, but his layup bounced off the edge and Miami won three straight for the first time this season. Kelly Olynyk scored 20 points for Miami, Adebayo had 19 and Tyler Herro finished at 15 – including the 3-pointer with 1:04 left that put Miami finally ahead.
The Knicks scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and hit the line 16 times in the game – compared to 39 for Miami. The difference in free-throw attempts was 13-2 in the fourth game, and Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau noticed this.
“I want to see the movie,” said Thibodeau. “It just felt a little strange what … I’ll leave it at that.”
Elfrid Payton led the Knicks with 18 points and Derrick Rose – in his first game against New York – had 14 off the bench. Barrett scored 13 and Julius Randle finished with 12 for New York.
Herro scored Miami’s last basket in the first half, 30 seconds from the end.
For the next 18 1/2 minutes, Butler and Adebayo were the only Heat players to score. They combined for all 19 Miami points of the third quarter and the first eight of the fourth before Herro hit a jumper at 6:06.
“We have grit,” said Adebayo.
Miami led 57-55 after a first half with wild mood swings. The heat started with a 20-9 run, the Knicks then went on a 13-0 run to score a 33-10 breakout, and Miami immediately followed with their own 11-0 run.
New York led up to 10 in third and went 82-76 in fourth. But the heat found a way in the end.
“We are slowly but surely finding out about this,” said Butler.
New York: Frank Ntilikina missed the game because of a contact tracing problem, Thibodeau said. … This was New York’s only regular season visit to Miami that season. The Knicks will host the Heat sometime during the second half of the NBA, sometime between mid-March and mid-May.
Miami: Goran Dragic (ankle) stayed outside. … The Heat are kicking off a seven-game Western Conference trip in Houston on Thursday. … Butler made a 3-pointer in the third quarter, his first of the season in 15 tries and his first at Miami’s home since March 2nd.
2’S ARE WILD
Miami made 12 2-pointers, the fewest in franchise history. The Heat only made four in the first half, two fewer than the previous low in the NBA this season. The last time a team had less 2 points in the first half was October 27, 2018, when Atlanta made three against Chicago. The record for the fewest 2s in a full game since the beginning of the Shot Clock era is seven, from Washington last season – against Miami.
Rose has played three games as an opponent in the AmericanAirlines Arena this season – two last month with Detroit, one with the Knicks. Such a peculiarity occurs on average twice a year; James Ennis (Philadelphia and Orlando) did it last year. Jason Collins and Jason Kidd (both in the 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons) have done this twice since Miami moved to its current building in January 2000.
New York: Visit Washington on Friday.
Miami: Visit Houston on Thursday.
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