Knicks youngsters cheer on comeback win over Heat

MIAMI — Crowds of New Yorkers flock to South Florida for spring break in March for a fun time, and on Friday night the Knicks youth had the time of their lives.

After a really boring three quarters, in which the Knicks fell 17 points behind the mighty Heat, they started throwing a party — with Immanuel Quickley and rookies Miles McBride, Quentin Grimes and Jericho Sims.

It wasn’t Saint Peter’s, but it was good enough as the Knicks rallied to stun the first-seeded Heat, 111-103, at FTX Arena. The Knicks won their second straight game after bombing the Hornets on Wednesday, closing within 10th place Atlanta with eight games to play but five games.

Quickley exploded for 23 points – 20 in the last third – and sealed the win with six straight free throws. It was coach Tom Thibodeau’s first win against Miami since becoming head coach of the Knicks last season. He was 0-5 upon entering the competition.

Immanuel Quickley (5) celebrates with Miles McBride (2).
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After 3 consecutive pointers from Grimes — one of them from an offensive rebound from Sims — the Knicks took their first lead since the start of the first quarter, 97-94 with 4:55 left. The once-quiet group of Knicks fans unleashed a huge outcry in downtown Miami.

During their run, McBride blocked Heat star guard Kyle Lowry’s shot and ran to a layup to put the Knicks at 92-89. They were trailing 88-73 going into the fourth round.

The Knicks made the most of their big fourth-quarter surge when RJ Barrett was benched on a tough night (5/17, 18 points) and Julius Randle was out for a third straight game with a sore quad. Evan Fournier also sat the entire fourth quarter after a shabby shooting night (2-for-11).

RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett takes a three-pointer in the Knicks’ win over the Heat.
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Obi Toppin added 15 points for the Knicks but wasn’t part of the fourth-quarter romp when Taj Gibson was the second big on the court.

Quickley hit a big, left-hand drive banker to put the Knicks four ahead with a 2:20 lead. Quickley made a quick break after intercepting a pass in midfield to give the Knicks a seven-point lead by 1:12.

The Heat controlled the first half, scoring 24 points in the color and leading by as much as 14 points. Miami’s Jimmy Butler scored 17 of his 30 points in the first half. Knicks youngsters cheer on comeback win over Heat


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