NBA regular season

Knicks’ 4th-quarter comeback stuns Heat

Knicks’ 4th-quarter comeback stuns Heat

Mar 25, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Knicks guard Alec Burks (18) drives the ball around Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) during the second half at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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Even minus New York star Julius Randle, the Knicks rally to deal the East-leading Heat their third straight loss

Reserve guard Immanuel Quickley scored 20 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the visiting New York Knicks rallied to upset the slumping Miami Heat, 111-103, on Friday, March 25 (Saturday, March 26, Manila time).

New York trailed 90-73 early in the fourth quarter, but the Knicks surged ahead with a 24-4 run. Miami was held to 15 points in the fourth quarter by a young Knicks lineup.

RJ Barrett added 18 points for the Knicks, who also got 15 points and 8 rebounds from Obi Toppin. New York (32-42) won for the fourth time in six games.

The Heat, who lead the Eastern Conference with a 47-27 record, have lost three straight and are 3-5 in their past eight games.

Jimmy Butler led Miami with a game-high 30 points and added 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

Miami also got 17 points and 9 rebounds from Bam Adebayo. Heat point guard Kyle Lowry, celebrating his 36th birthday, also had 17 points.

New York snapped a five-game losing streak in games against Miami. Prior to Friday, the last time the Knicks defeated the Heat was on January 12, 2020.

New York was without Julius Randle (quad), who missed his third game in a row. But the Knicks got back Mitchell Robinson, who sat out the previous game due to a back injury. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

Miami’s key absence was Tyler Herro (knee).

The Heat led 32-25 after the first quarter thanks to 10 points, 5 assists and no turnovers by Butler. Miami shot 64.7% in the period, including 5-for-11 from three-point range.

Miami extended the advantage to 58-49 heading to halftime as Butler made a turnaround jumper at the buzzer. Miami maintained its marksmanship in the second quarter, shooting 52.6%. For the half, Miami shot 58.3% as compared to 43.6% for New York.

In the third quarter, the Heat stretched their lead again, this time to 88-73. New York’s Toppin had 13 points and 5 rebounds in the third.

New York made 6-of-9 three-point attempts during the 24-4 run in the fourth quarter, and the Knicks rode that momentum to victory. –