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Heat 119, Knicks 98: Scenes from the return of the tank

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Re-turrrrrn of the tank.

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For once the New York Knicks didn’t wait until the third quarter to get their asses handed to them. In most of their recent losses, the ‘Bockers wait until after halftime to roll over and show their bellies. This time the Miami Heat bench—hippie cave troll Kelly Olynyk chiefly among them—made sure the game was out of reach with a 37-21 second quarter en route to a 119-98 victory over the underwhelming Knicks.

Pat Riley’s servants were smarter, more physical and better coached than the Knicks, which is pretty much par for the course at this juncture.

Enes Kanter had a fine statistical game—23 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists, including this dandy to Tim Hardaway Jr.

@eneskanter11 droppin’ dimes

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Michael Beasley was also solid on offense, with 22 points and 7 rebounds.

Rookie Frank Ntilikina struggled against Miami’s pressure defense in the first half, missing all three of his shot attempts, and Jeff Hornacek would not let him back into the game until the fourth quarter.

Recap to come. Tank back!