The New York Knicks were on a hot streak having won four straight game entering the matchup. For the Miami Heat, they had won five of their last six games. The Heat made it six wins in their last seven with a 95-78 win over the Knicks.
The game started with New York putting 17 early points and having a brief lead. A cold offensive streak then struck the Knicks up until halftime. Miami went on a 36-8 run, starting at the end of the first quarter and continuing during the second quarter. By halftime, the Knicks dug themselves a big hole down 22.
After tallying a season low of 30 first half points, Lou Amundson recorded the first two bench points of the night midway through the third quarter; Miami’s bench outscored them 30-10. Despite making the second half more competitive and not allowing Miami to outscore them in the last two quarters, the early Heat obliteration resulted too much for the Knicks to heal from. In the post game interviews, Carmelo Anthony said “We missed shots early. It kind of got us down a little bit. We did a much better job in the second half making the adjustment, but by that time, we were already in the hole."
Anthony lead all scorers with 21 points in 41 minutes of action. Anthony shot just 6 of 16 from the floor, but did have a perfect free throw shooting night converting on all his nine attempts. Kristaps Porzingis had another effective game with 20 points and 14 boards. Langston Galloway, who started the game leading the team in field goal percentage, shot one of nine and displayed a two point performance. Heat stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh notched 16 points respectively.
Hassan Whiteside, the leading shot blocker in the league, added 11 points, 11 boards and 5 blocks. Whiteside has tallied a total of 63 blocks through the first 13 games. Goran Dragic was one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and 9 boards. Second year pro Tyler Johnson lead the Heat bench with 12 points.
In the past eight games, New York had not been down by double figures. In this contest, they were down by as many as 26 and did not get closer than 12. Miami scored 28 points in the paint during the first half and concluded the game outscoring their opponents 38-26. The Knicks shot 17 percent from downtown after entering the game with a 42 percent while being on the road. New York has now dropped seven straight games to the Heat. Their next encounter will take place Friday, November 27th at Madison Square Garden.
Both teams will be back in action on Wednesday, November 25th. New York will match-up against the Orlando Magic at 7:00 P.M. EST. Meanwhile, Miami will square off against the Detroit Pistons at 7:30 P.M. EST.