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NBA: Knicks’ fourth-quarter comeback stuns Heat

/ 12:53 PM March 26, 2022
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Immanuel Quickley #5 of the New York Knicks looks on during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2022 in New York City. The Knicks won 128-98. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

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.

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.

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RJ Barrett added 18 points for the Knicks, who also got 15 points and eight 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 seven rebounds and seven assists.

Miami also got 17 points and nine 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 Jan. 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 seven rebounds.

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

The Heat led 32-25 after the first quarter thanks to 10 points, five assists and no turnovers by Butler. Miami shot 64.7 percent in the period, including 5-for-11 from 3-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 percent. For the half, Miami shot 58.3 percent as compared to 43.6 percent 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 five rebounds in the third.

New York made 6 of 9 3-point attempts during the 24-4 run in the fourth quarter, and the Knicks rode that momentum to victory.

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