Knicks takeaways from 109-103 loss to Heat, including running out of gas in fourth quarter

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Julius Randle double-teamed by Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson
Julius Randle double-teamed by Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson

It was a tight game throughout, but the Knicks eventually fell to the Miami Heat, 109-103, on Super Bowl Sunday from The Garden. >> Box Score

Takeaways from Sunday’s contest

1) Julius Randle led the way in the scoring department with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting with 13 rebound for a double-double. However, he seemed to run out of gas at the end of the fourth quarter, playing a team-high 37:57 minutes. Playing a back-to-back, it’s very tough for a player to get that much time on the floor, but Randle still managed to put up good numbers.

2)It was a close game down the stretch, as both teams traded blows in the fourth quarter. But despite getting stops and having a chance to tie the game, the Knicks were out of sync and blew their chances to advantage of Heat mistakes. A Tyler Herro three with just second left buried the Knicks’ chances of amounting the comeback they were on pursuit of since the second half began.

3) Reggie Bullock found the shooting stroke in the first half, knocking down six of his eight three-point attempts to go into the locker room as the lead scorer with 18 points. However, he was cold to start the second half and ended up with just one more three for a total 21 points on the day. He went 7-of-17 from the field.

4) RJ Barrett has been on a scoring surge of late, but the Heat figured out how to slow him down. He had just three points on 1-of-6 shooting, as they simply didn’t give him any looks from the floor. Immanuel Quickley also struggled to find his rhythm, having five points on 1-of-4 shooting.

5) Bam Adebayo led the way for Miami, scoring 24 points on 10-of-17 from the field. Mitchell Robinson and Taj Gibson were mainly defending him and had issues near the rim when he had the ball. Jimmy Butler finished one assist shy of a triple-double, totaling 17 points, 10 boards and nine assists. Guards Kendrick Nunn and Herro had 16 points apiece.

6) The loss snapped the Knicks two-game win streak, having defeating the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

Highlights

What’s Next

The Knicks get a well-deserved day off before facing the Heat again on Tuesday, this time in Miami at 7:30 p.m.