New York Knicks: Grades and reactions from disheartening loss to Heat

A trip to Miami led to a blowout loss for the New York Knicks.

After such a great game against the Hawks on Tuesday, Dec. 17, this defeat is totally disheartening. The Heat led the game from start to finish. The New York Knicks could not make nor defend the 3-pointer with just 10 of 34 from the outside as the Heat trounced them, 129-114.

At the end of the first quarter, the Knicks were already down by 19 and the nightmare continued. The Knicks once again played no perimeter defense. The Heat were 18 for 38 from long distance connecting whenever and wherever they wanted. Not so for the Knicks, who shot 44 percent overall and just 29 percent from beyond the arc.

MARCUS MORRIS, SR.

SF, New York Knicks

C

Morris played 26 minutes and had 15 points and three rebounds.

MITCHELL ROBINSON

C, New York Knicks

B-

After his career-high 22 point game against the Hawks, Mitchell Robinson fouled out of the game with a little over five minutes left. To make matters worse, his sixth foul was also a flagrant one that occurred when the Heat’s Jones was inadvertently hit in the head with Robinson’s elbow.

Robinson played 28 minutes, had 18 points off eight of nine shooting, and four rebounds. He and Bobby Portis had cut the Heat 34 point lead to 18 before he fouled out.

BOBBY PORTIS

PF, New York Knicks

A

Had even two other Knicks played like Portis this evening, this may have been a more competitive game.

Portis played 24 minutes, had 30 points on 71 percent shooting. including four of seven from outside and eight rebounds. 30 points are Portis’ high score as a Knick and helped cut the Heat’s 34-point lead to 15.

JULIUS RANDLE

F, New York Knicks

C-

Randle played 23 minutes, had 13 points on 3-for-11 shooting and eight rebounds. He missed all four 3-point attempts.

DENNIS SMITH, JR.

PG, New York Knicks

C

Dennis Smith, Jr. is the high scoring guard tonight with seven points and five assists.

Other Takeaways

  • Jimmy Butler took just three shots and made two, including one from outside for nine points.
  • Seven Heat players scored in double figures.
  • After three games with no turnovers, Elfrid Payton had two.
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The New York Knicks return to the Garden on Saturday, Dec. 21 for the second half of a back-to-back against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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