The New York Knicks struggled to score in the entire second half Monday night against the Miami Heat. After holding the Heat to just 36 first half points, Miami exploded for 39 third quarter points, and didn’t slow down. The Knicks failed to score against Miami’s second half defense, shooting poor percentages all around. The effort shown tonight was an anomaly for the Knicks season. The Knicks are usually the harder-working team, but tonight they were simply outmatched. The Heat had two days of rest prior to the game, and it showed. The Knicks look to rebound in the next game against Minnesota.
RJ Barrett Struggles Continue vs The Heat
The Heat were able to shut down a lot of the Knicks offense tonight, but it was RJ Barrett who struggled the most. Barrett, who has yet to play well against Miami in his career, only shot 4 for 12 from the field. In 32 minutes Barrett only scored 8 points, collected 4 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists while finishing the game with a plus/minus of -12. Knicks fans constantly debate over who is the better player between RJ Barrett and Tyler Herro. Though Barrett is having a better sophomore season, Herro continues to dominate the head-to-head matchup. RJ will certainly bounce back after a rough game, but the Heat may just be his kryptonite.
Julius Randle once again led the way for the Knicks, scoring 22 points, but finished the game with a plus/minus of -16. Randle picked up two consecutive turnovers late which sealed the game for the Heat. Only three Knicks scored in double figures tonight, including Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley. The backup guard combo continues to provide a spark off the bench for New York. The two even finished the game together, and hit crucial jumpers down the stretch. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get the job done as the Knicks had no answer for Jimmy Butler and the Heat. The Knicks next play against the Minnesota Timberwolves, where they look to rebound against one of the worst teams in the league.