The Knicks overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit thanks to excellent play from their youngsters, coming back to defeat the Miami Heat 111-103 on Friday night.
Here are some key points…
– Once again without Julius Randle, tom thibodeau started Alex Burks, Evan Fournier, rj barrett, Obi Toppinand Jericho Sims. mitchell robinson he was available after missing time with a sore back, but was not in the starting five.
– Without Robinson down to start things, Miami Bam Adebayo he got going early, scoring five of Miami’s first 10 points. At the other end, however, the Knicks got off to a strong start from beyond the arc, hitting three of their first four from deep.
However, the Knicks’ 3-point shooting slowed a bit from there, as they missed six in a row to allow Miami to take a six-point lead. The Heat shot 65% in the first, taking a 32-25 lead in the second. The Knicks were 5-for-16 from long range, with Barrett (minus-8 in the quarter) going 1-for-5 from 3.
– Coming off the bench, Robinson looked healthy on his return to the court, throwing an alley-oop slam early in the second for his sixth and seventh points of the game. But the Knicks’ defense struggled to find answers for the Heat, as Miami increased their lead to 13 with about eight minutes left.
The Knicks trailed by double figures for most of the quarter, but a layup by Barrett turned the game into eight points with three minutes left. The Knicks took the lead, but a jimmy butler The buzzer gave the Heat a 58-49 halftime lead. Barrett led the Knicks with 10 points at the half, despite shooting just 3-for-9 from the floor. Butler led the way with 17 points for the Heat, who shot 58.3% from the floor as a team.
– Toppin hit a pair of 3-pointers to get the Knicks within 10 early in the third quarter, but Butler and Adebayo continued to be too much for the visiting team. Midway through the quarter, Miami increased its lead to 15 points, the largest in the game.
Toppin’s athleticism and energy showed in the third, and every time the Heat looked to get away, the Knicks were able to respond and hold the deficit to around 10 points.
– The Knicks kept working to start the fourth. TO Quentin Grimes 3 with about nine minutes left cut Miami’s lead to eight, the closest the Knicks had come since the first half. Later in the quarter, a Miles McBride three capped a 14-2 Knicks streak, bringing New York within five.
– Grimes continued to lead the charge, and when he hit a 3-pointer with just over six minutes remaining, he tied the game, erasing what was once a 17-point deficit for the Knicks. The Knicks started the quarter on a 24-6 run, buoyed by their young players like Toppin, McBride and Emmanuel Quickley.
Quickley took charge in the fourth quarter, scoring 20 of his 23 points, as the young second unit led the Knicks to an unlikely victory. IQ led the Knicks with 23 points, while Barrett added 18 and Toppin had 15.
The Knicks outscored Miami 38-15 in the fourth.
The Knicks (32-42) travel to Detroit and face the Pistons (20-54) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.