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Knicks 115, Heat 86: Scenes From a Collective Sigh of Relief

Disaster: Averted

NBA: Miami Heat at New York Knicks Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Just a few minutes into the game, everything that we never ever want to see happen, happened. Kristaps Porzingis, our beloved unicorn, had his ankle stepped on by Miami’s Justise Winslow. He had to be helped off the court. It was the type of injury that makes the rest of the game seem completely secondary. I won’t show the video, it’s too depressing.

(Un)fittingly, Frank Ntilikina sat this game out with an ankle injury of his own.

The game does seem entirely secondary at this point, but let’s take a bit of a look of how it went because it looked really good!

Firstly, Clyde looked AMAZING tonight. I quite literally have no words.

After the injury stuff went down, the Knicks truly looked like they recovered well and played pretty well for the rest of the half. Here’s one reason why the Knicks missed Enes Kanter: He was attracting so much attention that it started to open up shots for people.

But also for the offensive prowess:

While Miami couldn’t buy a bucket for long stretches of the game, the Knicks got solid contributions from players like Ramon Sessions:

Michael Beasley:

Douglas McBuckets:

Hakeem Olajuwon wait what:

The very good first half ended with this by Tim Hardaway Jr.:

There were lots of other important things that happened in this game, but I’m going to go with this one:

As it turns out, KP is going to be fine.

A more thorough breakdown of tonight’s beatdown to come. Gonna eat some falafel first.