The New York Knicks held off the Miami Heat, 106-106, in a barn-burner at the Garden. Considering they were without starting point guard Jalen Brunson, who was out with a non-COVID illness, this was one of the most impressive wins of the year.
But it wasn’t easy. The Knicks kept building leads, but the Heat kept storming back. Julius Randle paced the Knicks in the first half, and RJ Barrett took over in the second half. RJ has to be feeling good after this one — he scored a team-high 30 points one game after being benched in the fourth quarter and OT in a loss to the Lakers.
The Knicks usually rely on iso-ball to win close games, but they tried something novel on Thursday night: late-game ball movement.
LOOK AT THIS BALL MOVEMENT!! pic.twitter.com/ZJLCwc1mOE— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) February 3, 2023
Then, they benefitted from some Miami sloppiness. Check out Isaiah Hartenstein with the defense!
DEFENSE LEADS TO A WIDE OPEN DUNK FOR THE x2 ALL-STAR!! pic.twitter.com/10hu2TV8XO— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) February 3, 2023
Still, these are the Knicks, and some dumb decisions (not guarding the three-point line, a terrible inbounds play) allowed the Heat a chance to win the game with a three. Fortunately, Tyler Herro’s shot was off, and the Knicks walked away with the W.
Recap to come.