Knicks takeaways from Saturday's 125-109 win over Heat, including pulling away in the fourth quarter

In a back-and-forth affair, the Knicks held on to take down the Miami Heat 125-109, for their sixth straight win on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

Here are some takeaways...

- New York got out to a slow start and trailed 13-4 after a Jimmy Butler three-pointer forced Tom Thibodeau to call timeout four minutes into the first quarter. Heat guard Tyler Herro made his first two three-pointers but missed his third attempt, leading to a Jalen Brunson three.

Butler extended the Heat lead to 21-13 with about two minutes left, but the Knicks then got a burst of energy from the bench to close out the quarter on a 14-9 run. Josh Hart had six points, Miles McBride made a three, and Precious Achiuwa scored a putback layup at the buzzer to make it a 30-27 game.

- The Knicks continued their hot stretch to open the second quarter, as OG Anunoby hit a three and then Hart and McBride had back-to-back dunks to give them a 34-33 lead. Brunson got going midway through the second with seven straight points, and then Julius Randle made a three to push the Knicks' lead to 49-44 with four minutes left in the half.

Donte DiVincenzo gave the Knicks their biggest lead of the afternoon, 59-51, with his second straight three-pointer. Achiuwa made it a 10-0 run and the Knicks locked it down on defense, forcing Butler to heave a shot as the clock winded down.

- New York led 61-51 at halftime, outscoring the Heat 34-21 in the second quarter. The Knicks shot 48.9 percent from the field, 50 percent (9-for-18) from three, and 75 percent from the line in the first half. Brunson led the way with 14 points, while Randle had eight points, six rebounds, and three assists. Anunoby had nine points, and both DiVincenzo and Hart had eight each.

Among the bench contributions, Hart stood out with a plus-18 off the bench in 16 minutes of action.

- A clock issue caused a delay coming out of the halftime break, as both teams asked for balls for an extended shoot-around while referees tried to figure out the problem, and when play resumed Adebayo began the third quarter with a pair of slams to force a quick Knicks timeout.

Miami carried that momentum throughout a back-and-forth 12 minutes, as 13 points from Butler on 5-of-6 shooting from the field helped them close the gap, but a Randle buzzer-beating three kept New York in front heading into the final frame.

- Anunoby's second three of the game capped off a 12-3 run to begin the fourth quarter, pushing the Knicks' lead back up to nine and forcing and Erik Spoelstra timeout. New York carried that momentum throughout the rest of the frame and ultimately pulled away for a commanding victory behind another 30+ point night from Brunson (32).

The Knicks have now won six in a row and are 12-2 since acquiring Anunoby in a trade with the Raptors. The star small forward finished with 19 points, four assists, and two steals while recording a +13 in this one.

- Not all was pretty for the Knicks in this one, though, as Randle left the game with a little over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter after suffering an injury to his shoulder or right pec area. (The injury was later reported to be a dislocated right shoulder.)


What's next

The Knicks are off Sunday and will have a quick, one-game road trip to play the Hornets (10-33) in Charlotte on Monday, Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m.

They'll then return to New York and face the Utah Jazz (23-23) on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.