Knicks extend win streak to six with impressive win over Heat

In a thrilling clash against the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks secured their sixth consecutive victory with a 125-109 win.

Jalen Brunson‘s performance with 32 points and 8 assists was instrumental in the Knicks’ success. However, the jubilation was tempered by the unfortunate injury to Julius Randle (19 points, 9 rebounds). Exiting the game after a hard fall that dislocated his shoulder, Randle’s absence could pose a challenge for the Knicks’ balance. While X-rays revealed no significant damage, an MRI will provide a clearer picture of Randle’s status.

“You knew like for him to do that, like, he’s a guy who plays through things and that’s what we love about him,. He’s a warrior and so any time someone walks back, you know it’s something.”

– Tom Thibodeau

The Knicks turned on their engines in the final quarter, outscoring the Heat 36-23. Opening with a 13-3 run, they secured a commanding lead of 124-102 with just two minutes left to play. Brunson continued his scoring spree with 12 points in the final act, supported by Quentin Grimes, who contributed 9 of his 12 points during this decisive period.

OG Anunoby maintained his impressive form, scoring 19 points on 8-14 field goals. Since his arrival, the Knicks have seen a remarkable run, winning 12 of their 14 games.

The Knicks wrestled control of the game in the second quarter, seizing their first lead at 34-33. Josh Hart and Miles McBride fueled their momentum with consecutive dunks, culminating in a 10-0 run to end the first half.

Despite a slower start that saw the Heat take a 19-9 lead early in the game, the Knicks defense emerged in the second quarter limiting the Heat to 21 points on a 6-21 shooting. Randle’s injury could potentially elevate the roles of Anunoby and former Heat first-round pick Precious Achiuwa, who scored 4 points off the bench but grabbed 10 crucial rebounds and delivered two blocks.

In a losing effort, the Miami Heat who dropped their sixth straight game saw significant performances from their key players. Jimmy Butler led the charge with 28 points, while Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro added 19 and 18 points, respectively. Bam Adebayo contributed a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Knicks displayed remarkable efficiency, shooting at 51.7% from the field and 51.5% from beyond the arc, sinking 17 three-pointers. Their dominance on the boards was evident as they outrebounded the Heat 46-38.

Currently sitting in 4th place in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks are positioned just 0.5 games ahead of the Cavaliers and a mere game behind the 76ers. Randle’s availability will be a critical factor in shaping the team’s trajectory as they navigate the challenges ahead.

Up-next: The Knicks (29-17) will take on the Charlotte Hornets (10-34) on Monday night from 7:00pm at the Spectrum Center

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