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Knicks’ late rally falls short in tough loss to rival Heat

MIAMI – The Knicks remembered last year’s elimination with a touch of Jalen Brunson wrestling. ‘

The Knicks star hasn’t been able to match his supreme play of late, missing 12 of 17 shots as his comeback failed in Tuesday’s 109-99 loss to the Heat.

In many ways, the Knicks were unusual, which often only applies when they play Miami in big games.

Jalen Brunson drives on Caleb Martin during the Knicks’ 109-99 loss to the Heat. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

They committed sloppy turnovers.

They lost the rebounding battle handily, 39-30, despite being the best team in the NBA on the glass.

They were jostled, overwhelmed by their muscles.

But after trailing – mostly by double digits – the Knicks went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 92 on Precious Achiuwa’s putback with four minutes remaining.

Jimmy Butler shoots Josh Hart during Knicks loss. P.A.

The Heat responded with a 17-7 run to close out the victory, with Terry Rozier finishing with a game-high 34 points.

The big difference Tuesday was that Brunson — a star in last year’s playoff series against the Heat — was riding the wrestling bus.

Perhaps he must have been disappointed after carrying such a load in March.

Donte DiVincenzo looks to make a move on Terry Rozier in Knicks loss. Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

He admitted to feeling unwell before the match, declaring with congestion: “I don’t feel good, but I’m good.” »

Then he committed five turnovers and missed 5 of 6 treys.

The Knicks (44-31) drop their third game in a row and fall below the Magic from 4th to 5th place in the Eastern Conference.

Miles McBride rolls over Caleb Martin in Knicks loss. P.A.

The highlights for New York on Tuesday were Miles McBride, who dropped 24 points and hounded Rozier on defense, Bojan Bogdanovic, who had his best game as a Knick with 16 points coming off the bench, and Donte DiVincenzo, who added 31 points in 35 minutes. 11 for 21 shots.

Erik Spoelstra’s teams tend to gain momentum in April.

Part of the reason is that Jimmy Butler goes through the regular season before turning on the boosters when it counts.

Bojan Bogdanovic rolls between Nikola Jovic (right) and Caleb Martin during the Knicks’ loss. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

And that’s really starting to count for the Heat (42-33), currently seventh in the East and trying to avoid the play-in.

“Jimmy kind of does side quests throughout the year until about April,” Josh Hart said. “Then he starts to lock down. I’m sure people will see this manic competitive side now that he’s done with the side quests and moved on to the main quests.”

It was the Knicks’ first game at Kaseya Center since being eliminated in Game 6 last year.

And it was a difficult start.

After facing MVP chants for Brunson and Butler in the opening minutes, the Knicks trailed by 12 after the first quarter.

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