Heat Roll Past the Knicks
HEAT 110, KNICKS 87
Hassan Whiteside scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Josh Richardson added 21 points, and the Miami Heat rolled past the visiting Knicks, 110-87, on Wednesday night.
Rodney McGruder added 19 points on only eight shot attempts, and Goran Dragic had 13 points for the Heat, who outscored the Knicks by 76-38 in the middle two quarters.
Miami scored 45 of those points in the third quarter, matching the third-highest scoring period in franchise history. The Heat made 8 of 10 shots from 3-point range in that quarter, doing better there than from 2-point range (7 for 10).
Damyean Dotson scored 20 for the Knicks, who got 14 from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 13 from Mario Hezonja. The Knicks were outscored by 24-0 from 3-point range in the third quarter, missing all eight of their tries from beyond the arc.
There was no sense of the Heat-Knicks rivalry from years past. After the final horn, Knicks Coach David Fizdale — a former Miami assistant — lingered on the court and hugged several Heat coaches and players, with Dwyane Wade getting his last embrace. Wade presented Fizdale with one of his jerseys, leading to yet another hug.
The only good stretch for the Knicks came late in the first quarter. They outscored Miami by 14-0 in the final 2 minutes 33 seconds of the quarter, a run ignited by back-to-back 3-pointers from Hezonja and Dotson.
That put the Knicks up by 27-16 at the end of the first period. After that, it was pretty much all Heat the rest of the night.