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Knicks 98, Heat 94: Scenes from the Knicks finally playing team basketball at the worst time


NBA: New York Knicks at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Um...guys? What the hell?

The Knicks went down to Miami, against the same Heat who flexed all over them two nights ago, without Carmelo Anthony, and pulled off a win against a red-hot playoff contender, 98-94. Kristaps Porzingis (22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists) and Willy Hernangomez (10 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists) played well, and they looked like an actual basketball team throughout much of the game (25 assists!). So that was cool.

Kristaps Porzingis played the role of main dude on offense pretty much to perfection for most of the game, but got extremely sloppy with the ball in the fourth quarter. Honestly, this win would have felt a whole lot more satisfying if Kristaps (or Willy) had been the one to put it away.

Courtney Lee had some of his finest moments as a Knick, pitching in with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. He hit the final two free throws to put the game out of reach.

Way too much late-game goodness from Justin Holiday, who played with more composure than anyone on either team down the stretch. He was removed late in the game for Sasha Vujacic, but to no avail.

Hard to blame this one on Jeff Hornacek. He played Vujacic 36 minutes, kept a ragged-ass Kyle O’Quinn on the court way too long in the fourth, and yet the Knicks still managed to pull it out. Alas.