• Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

November 24, 2015, Queens, NY  All good things come to an end, and as such, the New York Knicks four-game winning streaked was stopped last night by the revitalized Miami Heat, 95-78. The loss dropped the Knicks to 8-7, and the Heat improved to 9-4.

The Heat scored 26 point in each of the first two quarters, and the Knicks scored 19 in the first and were anemic in the second scoring 11 points which proved to be their undoing. By halftime, the Knicks found themselves down by 22, 52-30. In the third quarter, the Knicks bounced back, but the 22-point deficit would prove to be to difficult to overcome. In the final quarter, both teams scored 22 points which means the Knicks did not cut into the lead.

Both teams shot under 40% from the floor. The Heat shot 6% higher making 38.3% of their attempts from the field compared to the Knicks who made 32% (less than a third of this shots). The free throw disparity proved to be a more critical factor. The Knicks made 18 of 21 free throws, but the Heat made 10 more free throws off of 15 more attempts  (28/36) than the Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 21 points (plus 8 rebounds) followed by rookie standout Kristaps Porzingis who scored 20 points to go with 4 rebounds. Robin Lopez and Arron Afflalo scored 12 and 11.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had 16 points apiece, but the biggest contributor to the Heat’s victory was Hassan Whiteside who scored 11 and grabbed 11 (rebounds). Goran Dragic added 13 points.

The Knicks stay in the Sunshine State (Florida) to play the Orlando Magic tomorrow. The game tips off at 7 p.m. (EST) and will be aired on the MSG Network.

Professor Clifford Benton can be reached at @cliffordbenton.

By Vernon McKenzie

Graduate of New Institute Of Technology with a BA in Communications with a focus on Television Radio. Owner and Executive Producer of PureSportsNY

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