Knicks 98 – HEAT 94 Game Recap

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The Miami HEAT fell to the New York Knicks 98-94 Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Goran Dragić led the way for the HEAT with 22 points.

1. Whiteside Gets Going In The Second Half

After a quiet first half, Hassan Whiteside put the Knicks on notice in the third quarter and helped Miami gain some momentum. In fact, the big fella tallied eight points, nine boards and two blocks in the period. As a whole, Whiteside got going thanks to some nice feeds from his teammates and offensive rebounds. Let’s take a look at an example of the latter.

With 6:39 remaining in the third, Whiteside reached up high to grab an offensive rebound over Willy Hernangomez. He then maneuvered towards the basket, absorbed contact from Hernangomez and hit the tough shot.

Later in the fourth, the 27-year-old drew a lot of fouls and made New York pay from the charity stripe. On the flip side of the ball, he protected the rim quite well and altered shots down the stretch.

In all, Whiteside scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds (five offensive) to go along with his aforementioned two blocks.

2. T. Johnson Does All He Can

As usual, Tyler Johnson gave it all he had on Friday night. After a nice spurt at the beginning of the second quarter, the combo guard’s aggressiveness in the fourth was a sight to behold. From pull-up mid-range jumpers to attacks to the basket, Johnson worked his tail off. Of course, he also competed hard on the defensive end, including one play late in the fourth where he forced Kristaps Porzingis into a turnover on a switch in the pick-and-roll.

When it was all said and done, Johnson tallied 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

3. Quick Start For Dragić

In what was an otherwise slow start for the HEAT in the first half, Dragić certainly got into a groove early. Whether it was 3-pointers or nifty finishes inside, the Slovenian had it all going on. One of his more difficult drives of the night came early on in the contest.

With 4:11 to play in the first quarter, Dragić used a Whiteside screen at the right elbow and attacked the basket. Once the point guard got into the paint, he elevated, adjusted well in the air with Ron Baker contesting and finished the play.

As the game progressed, it was simply more of the same for The Dragon. In addition to his team-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting, Dragić also had five assists and three boards.

Other Takeaways:

-While James Johnson didn’t shoot as well as he’s used to, he came up with two big steals with under two minutes to play in the game. The forward finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three steals against the Knicks.

Game Note:

-Dion Waiters (sprained left ankle), Justise Winslow (right shoulder surgery) and Josh McRoberts (left foot stress fracture) sat out.

Looking Ahead:

-Up next for the HEAT are the Denver Nuggets on Sunday at 6:00 PM. Tickets for that game can be found here.

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