NBA Game Recap - New York at Miami
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:00 PM EST

SAC
105
IND
119
F
MEM
107
CLE
114
F
WAS
118
TOR
122
F
DET
93
BOS
114
F
PHO
108
OKC
126
F
DAL
117
PHI
98
F
NY
114
MIA
129
F
MIN
100
DEN
109
F
ORL
103
POR
118
F
NO
102
GS
106
F

Miami 129, New York 114

Dec 20, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

New York (7-22)

20

27

27

40

114

Miami (21-8)

39

31

28

31

129

Heat ease past Knicks, lead wire-to-wire in 129-114 win
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:24 PM

MIAMI (AP) Goran Dragic said he was rusty. The stat sheet disagreed.

Dragic had 18 points and eight assists in his return from a strained groin, Bam Adebayo led Miami with 20 and the Heat had no trouble on the way to beating the New York Knicks 129-114 on Friday night.

Miami's starters got the fourth quarter off. Dragic played 24 minutes after being sidelined for nine games.

"You need to get back and try to fit in again with the system," Dragic said. "And I feel like I didn't miss any games."

Duncan Robinson scored 18 for Miami on 6-for-10 shooting from 3-point range. Kendrick Nunn scored 15, Derrick Jones Jr. had 14, Tyler Herro finished with 12 and Kelly Olynyk added 10 for the Heat.

Miami led by as many by 34 and posted its sixth wire-to-wire win of the season.

The Heat won easily and Jimmy Butler was called upon to take only three shots. Butler finished with nine points and eight assists in 28 minutes - his third-lightest night of the season, and after a stretch where he averaged nearly 40 minutes in Miami's last nine games.

"Jimmy really facilitates a mindset for guys to grow because he's such a giving and unselfish player," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Bobby Portis came off New York's bench to lead the Knicks with 30 points on 12-for-17 shooting. Mitchell Robinson scored 18 points, Marcus Morris had 15, Julius Randle added 13 and Kevin Knox finished with 11.

"They were getting everything they wanted," Portis said. "They were getting lobs at the rim, open 3s. This wasn't our best game defensively and they exposed us a little bit on the defensive end, but the best part about the NBA is we have a game tomorrow and we can go there and try to correct it."

It was the first meeting between the clubs since the Knicks fired coach David Fizdale and replaced him with interim coach Mike Miller. Fizdale is a former Heat assistant and a close friend of Spoelstra, who still is disappointed about New York's decision.

"They hired him to do a job," Spoelstra said. "It takes time to build culture and build something, which we've done as well. It takes time. It takes a great deal of stability from the people you work for, which I'm so grateful we have here. I just think it stinks."

New York allowed the Heat to shoot 56 percent.

"They put a lot of pressure on our defense," Miller said.

TIP-INS

Knicks: RJ Barrett had only two points on 1-for-10 shooting. ... Reggie Bullock (cervical disk herniation) and former Heat guard Wayne Ellington (sore left Achilles) were ruled out. Allonzo Trier was questionable with concussion-like symptoms but played in the fourth quarter, logging 10 minutes. ... Elfrid Payton reached 29 consecutive assists before finally committing his first turnover since Dec. 11; that was the longest such streak in Knicks history since play-by-plays began being charted in 2000-01.

Heat: Miami had assists on each of its first 20 field goals and finished with 34 assists on 43 baskets. Of the 10 Heat players who appeared, nine had multiple assists. ... Justise Winslow (strained lower back) missed his eighth consecutive game citing that issue and was unavailable for the 19th time in Miami's last 25 games overall.

HELPING HAND

Knicks assistant coach Kaleb Canales once sought a video internship with the Heat - so he sent weekly letters to Spoelstra, a former Miami video-room guy himself, looking for help and advice. The Heat brought Canales in for an interview, but ultimately hired current Heat assistant Dan Craig instead. Spoelstra and Canales stayed in touch, and Canales eventually got an NBA job. "He's relentless and he's been a friend," Spoelstra said.

ONE-SIDED

The Heat led 39-20 after one quarter and 70-47 at the half. Out of the 152 Heat-Knicks games all-time, including playoffs, those margins - 19 points after one quarter, 23 at the break - tied for the second-biggest leads Miami ever had over New York at that point in a game.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Milwaukee on Saturday.

Heat: Host Utah on Monday.

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Leaders

New York PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Portis 30 11 2 8 3 0
M. Robinson 18 -4 1 4 1 1
Miami PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Adebayo 20 22 3 8 1 0
D. Robinson 18 24 3 0 0 0

Team Comparison

NY MIA
Points For 114 129
Field Goals 41/94-44% 43/77-56%
Three Pointers 10/34-29% 18/38-47%
Free Throws 22/33-67% 25/34-74%
Offensive Rebounds 13 9
Defensive Rebounds 28 42
Rebounds 50 57
Blocks 2 3
Steals 11 6
Turnovers 8 17
Points Scored Off Turnovers 26 6
Points in the Paint 44 42
Fast Break Points 10 10
Personal Fouls 25 22
Technical Fouls 0 0
Flagrant Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - MIA Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Dec 20 NY 114 @ MIA 129 A. Trier 2 C. Silva 6

Game Information

Stadium: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 19,704
Game Time: 2:14