The Miami Heat walked into Madison Square Garden fresh off clinching a playoff spot and got stomped big time by the Knicks, 112-98. This game had a weird vibe to it, as Michael Beasley went down with a knee contusion in basically the first minute, Emmanuel Mudiay left after a bump to the head in the second quarter, and Tim Hardaway Jr. exited with a sprained ankle in the second half.
Somehow, through all the chaos confronting the roster—Enes Kanter and Lance Thomas were also out—the Knicks put together enough bodies to not only compete with Miami, but dominate them.
The bulk of the credit has to go to Damyean Dotson, who scored a career-high (duh) 30 points, and grabbed 11 rebounds. He is the first rookie with at least 30 and 10 since—I kid you not—Patrick Ewing.
Kyle O’Quinn won’t get as much pub, but he was huge for the ‘Bockers. The bearded big man scored 14, grabbed 14 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots, including this one.
What a thorough beating. Recap to come.