Terry Rozier's 34 points help power Heat past Knicks in 109-99 statement victory

Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

MIAMI — A season searching for a statement victory found one Tuesday night at Kaseya Center, with the Miami Heat holding off a New York Knicks rally for a 109-99 victory.

Uneven at home this season, and with a losing record against teams with winning records, the Heat rode the hot hand of guard Terry Rozier to their seventh victory in their last 10 games.

The victory kept the Heat even in the loss column with the Indiana Pacers for the sixth and final direct berth into the best-of-seven first-round of the playoffs.

Rozier closed with 34 points, at 10 of 15 from the field, including 8 of 11 on 3-pointers. He was supported by 17 points from Jimmy Butler, 15 from Bam Adebayo and 14 from Haywood Highsmith.

The Knicks got 31 points from Donte DiVincenzo and 24 from Miles McBride, with Jalen Brunson scoring 20, but doing it on 5-of-18 shooting.

While the Heat remained without Tyler Herro, the Knicks continued in the absences of OG Anunoby and Julius Randle.


The Heat entered 17-24 against teams at .500 or better and 19-17 at home, with the victory lifting them to 42-33, assuring another winning season in the Pat Riley era.

Next up for the Heat is a Thursday night showdown against the Philadelphia 76ers, who on Tuesday night got center Joel Embiid back in their lineup.

Five Degrees of Heat from Tuesday night’s game:

— 1. Closing time: The Heat led 34-22 after the first period, 58-43 at halftime and 83-73 going into the fourth.


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