Knicks vs Heat: A loss, a trade, and a poor finish

The Heat vs Knicks battle featured two teams searching to climb into the playoff conversation. In round one, the Heat used 24 points and 11 rebounds from Bam Adebayo, as well as a near triple-double from Jimmy Butler to lead the team in a 109-103 win. Butler finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, including 12 points in the first half. 

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Tyler Herro appears to be returning to form. He was even benched in his last game, but he added 16 points in the Knicks vs Heat matchup.The former rookie standout has battled COVID-19 and injuries this season.  Kndrick Nunn also scored 16 points. 

Winning streak snapped

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Knicks. Julius Randle led the team with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists. Reggie Bullock scored 21 points on seven made three-point shots. The loss dropped the Knicks to 11-14 on the season. 

Derrick Rose traded after Knicks vs Heat

While many were focused on the game at hand, more were reacting to the trade that took place after the game. Derrick Rose will reunite with Taj Gibson and Tom Thibodeau after the Detroit Pistons traded Rose to the Knicks for Dennis Smith Jr. and a second round pick. 

Smith Jr. was not being used during time with the Knicks. After a standout rookie season where he averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 assists, he was traded as the core piece for Kristaps Porzingis. Instead, Smith Jr. never panned out and will play for his third team in his career. 

Butler leads Heat down the stretch

The game was tied 94-94 with 4:17 left in the game. He broke the tie with a big-time jumper and then followed that with a pair of free throws. The Knicks responded with a basket but he then assisted Kelly Olynk, who converted a traditional three-point play. After leading by five with two minutes to play, the Heat held on to the victory. 

Knicks vs Heat game analysis & commentary

When looking at the stat sheet, the Knicks vs Heat game was evenly matched. The Heat shot 37% from three-point range, while the Knicks shot 38%. Both teams finished with an identical 49 rebounds. Even the assists and steals were no more than two apart. 

Does Rose dhoom Elfird Payton’s spot?

Payton can never seem to play consistent and his showing in this game showed that. Payton finished the game 3-of-12 with seven points and five assists. Rose may not start right away; however, he should look to close out games instead of Payton. Rose is averaging 14.2 points per game this season. 

RJ Barrett shoots a dud in Knicks vs Heat

In 19 minutes of play, Barrett shot the ball only six times. Randle and Barrett are no doubt the team’s top two players, which means they have to be on their game offensively each night. Barrett scored just three points on 1-of-6 shooting. That kind of production will always leave the Knicks in a hole. 

Looking ahead

The Knicks will play the Heat on Tuesday in the second match of the home-and-home series. Miami improved to 9-14 with the win.