Knicks fall 109-101 in Game 4, one loss away from elimination
In a disappointing turn of events, the Knicks were unable to steal a win on the road in Game 4 of the second round of the playoffs against the Heat.
Despite Jalen Brunson‘s impressive 32-point, 11-assist performance, the Knicks fell short to the Heat 109-101, leaving them one loss away from elimination.
The Heat managed to hold home court advantage and create more opportunities for themselves on the offensive end, outscoring the Knicks in the paint and outrebounding them throughout the game.
Even with solid performances from RJ Barrett and Julius Randle, who each scored 20+ points, the Knicks were unable to defend well enough to overcome the Heat’s offensive onslaught.
Knicks big men Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein were unable to contain Bam Adebayo, who put up an impressive 23 points and 13 rebounds compared to the 8 buckets and 10 boards that the to Knicks centers collected.
Miami outrebounded New York 44-35. The Heat bench also outscored the Knicks bench 32-10.
Jimmy Butler had another solid performance for the Heat, scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. .
The Knicks had three starters in foul trouble in the fourth quarter, and Randle picked up his final foul with 3:08 left when the Knicks were trailing 95-102.
The Knicks now face a tough road ahead as they are 0-14 when trailing 3-1 in a playoff series. The Heat, on the other hand, are a perfect 14-0 when leading 3-1 in a playoff series. [Source]
It’s worth noting that this series brings back memories of the 1997 playoffs, when the Knicks and the Heat faced off in a hard-fought series that included a brawl in game 4, a reminder of how intense and contentious this rivalry can be. The scuffle resulted in suspensions for several key players, including Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston, Larry Johnson and John Starks. The Knicks would lose the series after leading 3-1.
But for this current Knicks team, their focus will be on trying to avoid the same fate as their predecessors. They will need to win three straight games against a tough Miami team to keep their season alive.
The Knicks will have a chance to do just that as they host the Heat in Game 5 on Wednesday night. They will need a strong performance from their starters and bench alike if they hope to keep their season alive and force a Game 6 back in Miami.
Up-next: Knicks will host the Heat in Game 5, on Wednesday night from 7:30