Knicks benefit from Jimmy Butler’s absence, beat Warmth to even collection in Sport 2

The Miami Warmth went into Sport 2 with out their star participant Jimmy Butler, and the New York Knicks took benefit of it. 

The Knicks picked up the victory at Madison Sq. Backyard, 111-105, in a battle that went backwards and forwards from the second the ball was tipped. 

It got here all the way down to a pivotal fourth-quarter run for the Knicks, the place the Knicks scored 12 to the Warmth’s three factors, which was capped by Jalen Brunson’s three-pointer to offer New York the lead with 4:05 to play. 


Julius Randle drives

Julius Randle #30 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball through the sport in opposition to the Miami Warmth throughout Sport Two of the Japanese Convention Semi-Finals of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on Might 2, 2023 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis, New York.   (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE through Getty Pictures)

Then, a controversial play ensued for the Warmth as a heave to the ring to keep away from a shot-clock violation was referred to as an airball, and in flip, Knicks ball. However Warmth guard Gabe Vincent was screaming to the referee that the ball hit the rim. It could’ve been two factors for the Warmth, and a replay confirmed that it did graze the rim. 

As a substitute, the Knicks use that momentum to hit a floater on the opposite finish because of Jalen Brunson to make it 101-96. The Warmth acquired inside one on Bam Adebayo’s dunk, however the Knicks began working away after that when Josh Hart hit a nook three and Julius Randle fought arduous for an offensive rebound that resulted in a foul and two made free throws, 106-100. 

As they’ve proven within the NBA Playoffs so far, the Warmth by no means stop and so they ended up reducing the result in three with 22 seconds left. 


Nevertheless, the Knicks did what was wanted, as Josh Hart knocked down three essential free throws to pad the lead within the waning seconds to safe the victory. 

With the victory, the Knicks received their first second-round playoff sport at The Backyard in a decade. 

Regardless of Butler’s absence, the Warmth noticed contributions from throughout, which is why they’d a 54-51 lead at halftime. However the Knicks outscored the Warmth 60-51 within the second half to tug away with the win. 

Max Struss layup

Max Strus #31 of the Miami Warmth drives to the basket throughout Sport Two of the Japanese Convention Semi-Finals of the 2023 NBA Playoffs in opposition to the New York Knicks on Might 2, 2023 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis, New York. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE through Getty Pictures)

For the Knicks, Brunson had a game-high 30 factors after a really environment friendly 10-of-19 from the sphere, together with 6-of-10 from three after lacking all seven makes an attempt in Sport 1. Julius Randle had 25 factors after lacking out in Sport 1 as a result of damage. He had a double-double with 12 rebounds whereas tallying eight assists as properly. 

Hart was one help shy of a triple-double after dropping 14 factors, 11 rebounds and 9 assists, whereas RJ Barrett was feeling it from past the arc, hitting 5 of his 9 makes an attempt together with his 24 factors. 

As for Miami, they tried 49 three-pointers, however hit simply 17 of them. Caleb Martin, who slotted in for Butler on this one, hit 4 of them and went 8-of-15 from the sphere for 22 factors. Vincent additionally had 21 factors for the Warmth, whereas Max Strus dropped 17 factors on 7-of-12 from the sphere. 

Jalen Brunson celebrates shot

Jalen Brunson #11 of the New York Knicks celebrates his three level shot within the first half in opposition to the Miami Warmth throughout sport two of the Japanese Convention Semifinals at Madison Sq. Backyard on Might 02, 2023 in New York Metropolis.  (Elsa/Getty Pictures)

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The collection strikes to Miami for Sport 3 on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. ET tip-off. 

Peter Johnson