Previously, games against the New York Knicks yielded nothing but drama for the Miami Heat. On Friday night, this drama returned to the FTX Arena.
That was exactly what the Heath didn’t need during the week, which began with a pair of ugly losses and a three-way bench, and is now moving on to Saturday night before a home game against Kevin Durant, Caira Irving and the Brooklyn Nets.
By 17 at the start of the final period, the Heat collapsed to another horrific loss, this time 111-103 for the team heading to the lottery.
“We shouldn’t have [these issues at] at this point in the season, “said central Bam Adebayo.” But I feel like every team is going through a series of losses. “
After falling Monday night from the Philadelphia 76ers without Joel Embiid and James Harden and losing to the Golden State Warriors without Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson and Draymond Green on Wednesday night, Heath regained the look of the team. Knicks playing in the absence of injury to former All Star striker Julius Randle.
No, it wasn’t the internal struggle of Jimmy Butler, Udonis Haslem and Eric Spoelstra, who created a rather angry throw during the timeout in losing to the Warriors.
But it was again a troubling moment.
“It’s completely different,” Spoelstra said of the loss on Friday night. “Every game is different. It was a game that really decided the second chance opportunities they had. It just kept them alive.
“We played well enough, had a double-digit advantage for most of the game, but those second-chance opportunities just kept them close enough. And then they started to go to the line of free throws, and then made a few threes. Now they were shooting their tons. But, in fact, I think it was in this order: the chances of a second chance, free throws, and then threes.
This time Butler allowed his game to speak, scoring 30 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. He was backed by 17 points and nine rebounds from Adebayo and 17 points and three three-pointers from quarterback Kyle Lowry.
But that was not enough for the team, which continues to show embarrassed embarrassment despite the fact that it ranks first in the Eastern Conference.
“It’s not very worrying,” Butler said, “just because we know we need to play better.”
The Knicks were led by 23 points from Emanuel Quickley and 18 from Argie Barrett, while the New York closed 18 offensive rebounds and a 28-14 lead over second-chance points.
“We just need to get back into the trenches, look at the film, bounce back,” Adebayo said.
Five degrees of heat from Friday’s game:
1. Closing time: In the second period, “Heath” led by 14, went into the break with a score of 58-49, increased the lead to 16 in the third quarter, and then moved to the fourth 88-73.
But when Butler and Adebayo came out early in the final period, the Knicks after the Heath increased their lead to 17, increased to 97-94 with a 21-4 run.
From there, the Knicks climbed eight before 3-point Max Strus with a score of 1:28 finished the Heath in the 103-98 range.
Later the three-pointer Butler with 29 seconds to go got a hit without 107-103, but by then it was too little, too late.
“I feel like in the fourth,” Adebayo said, “we just stayed tonight.”
2. Weak finish: In the fourth quarter, “Hit” scored 5 of 18 points with 5 turns. This was typical of frequent accidents in the fourth quarter of this season, most of which were still saved.
“Next,” Spoelstra said, “we just have to be the best. I need to figure out how I can help and draw us to more flow, more rhythm, play at a slightly faster pace to be able to put a few more points on the board.
“It’s five out of seven games where we just didn’t score as well as we could. We will understand this and get better. “
3. Reliable start: Butler tried to set the early tone by scoring 10 points and five assists in the starting period, to 17 and 6 at the break.
Butler’s fourth assist gave him 1,000 from Heath. He became the 14th player in franchise history to record 1,000, reaching a mark in the fourth number of games in franchise history (161). Only Tim Hardway (112 games), Sherman Douglas (126) and LeBron James (151) were faster.
On Friday evening’s results, Butler said: “It’s easy to fix and we need to go out and do it.”
4. The hero came out: Tyler Era missed his second game in a row due to a sprained left knee, missing after his 5 of 15 on Monday night on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers.
This changed the rotation: Shake first off the bench and then, in turn, Devine Deadman, Caleb Martin and Marquis Morris.
“Obviously we miss Tyler,” Adebayo said. “He is a big part of our crime. But in the end, we have to find a way to get through it without it. “
The Heat also had no substitute guard Gabe Vincent for the third game in a row due to a bruise on his leg.
5. Morris reworked: After an uneven game in the reserve center, Morris got the role over the perimeter, providing an immediate win by turning his first two 3-point attempts.
Morris played his first minutes with Deadman, with much of his work on the attack coming from the perimeter.
Morris closed 4 of 5 off the field for 10 points, used at 15:56.