NYK 81, MIA 98: Heat D Clamps Down to Halt Knicks

The Knicks responded after falling into an early 13-4 hole to start the game, making the contest close for the first three periods. The Heat would pull away in the fourth, though, en route to a 98-81 victory to take the season series, three games to one.

Miami's sixth-ranked

defense was too much to overcome, as Kurt Rambis'club shot just 36.8 percent from the field and lost the rebound battle, 54-39.Robin Lopez registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards in the first half, but managed just four of each in the last two quarters.Carmelo Anthony led New York with 25 points and added seven rebounds in the losing effort.

Knick of the Night

Lopez's 14 points came on 6-for-9 shooting, an efficient performance that stood out on a night when most of his teammates struggled from the floor. He held his own in the paint, swatting three shots to go with another solid rebounding effort.

News and Notes

Kristaps Porzingis blocked four shots, but foul trouble limited the rookie to just 21 minutes. He finished with nine points and eight rebounds...Langston Galloway started in place of Arron Afflalo, who missed the game with a bruised thigh. Galloway shot 3 for 10, but did finish with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Next Up

Lopez and Afflalo face their former team as the Knicks take on the Portland Trail Blazers (31-28) in their lone visit to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

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