Heat find a way in overtime, top Knicks 107-103
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 06, 2018 12:30 PM
Miami Heat's Wayne Ellington (2) attempts a three-point basket as New York Knicks' Frank Ntilikina, of France, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
MIAMI (AP) -- Wayne Ellington scored 24 points, Goran Dragic added 19 and the Miami Heat survived a back-and-forth flurry in the final minutes to beat the New York Knicks 107-103 in overtime on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Josh Richardson scored 18 and Tyler Johnson added 16 for Miami, which went 19-for-20 from the foul line -- 13-for-13 after halftime. The Heat set a franchise record by taking 42 three-pointers, and Ellington had another team all-time mark by attempting 16.
Doug McDermott's three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime, and the Knicks led twice in the extra session. Miami finished the game on a 7-2 spurt, started by a triple from Ellington with 2:22 remaining.
Courtney Lee scored 24 for New York, which got 20 from Michael Beasley and 15 from Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks lost despite shooting 49 percent and holding the Heat to 40 percent.
The Knicks were down 10 early in the third, and then found their best gear.
A quick 7-0 burst got New York right back into it, and Miami's lead was only 75-71 going into the fourth. The final period started ominously for New York, which needed a timeout because it couldn't inbound the ball against Miami's pressure.
The next few minutes gave the Knicks no problems.
New York opened the fourth on a 9-0 run, capped by a layup from Beasley for a five-point lead. Beasley struck again midway through the fourth; off a missed free throw by Frank Ntilikina, he tipped the rebound in for an 86-80 edge that was the Knicks' biggest of the night.
Miami scored the next six, getting back-to-back two-pointers from Ellington -- a rarity for him, but they were needed.
That set up the back-and-forth in the final minutes of regulation, where the Knicks took the lead three times, Miami kept answering and McDermott sent it to overtime -- where, after four more lead changes and two more ties, the Heat finished it off.
Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr., still out with a leg injury, warmly greeted several Heat broadcasters pregame. Tim Hardaway Sr. is one of three Heat players to have his Miami jersey retired, and his son is well-regarded by the franchise. ... The Knicks didn't make a three-pointer until Porzingis connected about three minutes into the third quarter. They were 5-for-13 from deep.
Heat: Miami has won its last 10 January games. ... The three-game winning streak matches a season-best for Miami. ... Derrick Jones Jr. became the 239th player to get time in a Heat uniform, and the 238th to score. Matt Fish was scoreless in his only Heat appearance in 1997, though he did score for four other franchises in his career.
Heat guard Dion Waiters has sought a second opinion on his sprained left ankle -- which could be an indicator that he may not wait until the offseason for surgery. Officially, his status hasn't changed. "He's still doing his rehab, he's doing his treatment," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Friday (Saturday, PHL time) was the fifth game Waiters missed since aggravating the sprain, which has bothered him since March.
Beasley was drafted No. 2 overall by the Heat in 2008, and has had three stints in Miami. He raised some eyebrows this week when telling the New York Post he thought Spoelstra could have believed in him more. Said Spoelstra, who remains fond of Beasley: "Jeez, Beas, you threw me under the bus, man." Beasley tried to defuse it pregame as well, saying, "I love Spo."
Knicks: Visit Dallas on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Heat: Host Utah on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).