Knicks youth go wild to spark win over Heat

MIAMI — Dozens of New Yorkers flock to South Florida in March for spring break to have fun, and Friday night the Knicks’ youngsters had a time to remember.

After three really boring quarters, with the Knicks trailing the mighty Heat by 17 points, they started throwing a party — with Immanuel Quickley and rookies Miles McBride, Quentin Grimes and Jericho Sims the life of that party.

It wasn’t Saint Peter’s, but it was pretty good as the Knicks rallied to stun the opening Heat, 111-103, at FTX Arena. The Knicks won their second straight game, after bombing the Hornets on Wednesday, and came within five games of 10th-place Atlanta with eight to play.

Quickley exploded for 23 points – 20 in the final period – and sealed the victory with six consecutive free throws. It was coach Tom Thibodeau’s first victory over Miami since becoming the Knicks’ head coach last season. He was 0-5 entering the contest.

Immanuel Quickley (5) celebrates with Miles McBride (2).
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After 3 straight points from Grimes – including one set up by an offensive rebound from Sims – the Knicks took their first lead since the start of the first quarter at 97-94 with 4:55 left. The once-silent contingent of Knicks fans let out a loud roar in downtown Miami.

During their run, McBride blocked Heat’s star goaltender Kyle Lowry’s shot and ran for a layup to take the Knicks to 92-89. They had trailed 88-73 entering the fourth.

The Knicks made most of their big push in the fourth quarter with RJ Barrett on the bench amid a tough night (5 for 17, 18 points) and Julius Randle for a third straight game with a sore quad. Evan Fournier also sat out the entire fourth quarter after a shoddy shooting night (2 for 11).

RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett takes a three-pointer in the Knicks’ win over the Heat.
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Obi Toppin added 15 points for the Knicks but sat out the fourth quarter, when Taj Gibson was the second big player on the field.

Quickley hit a big left-handed drive banker to put the Knicks by four with 2:20 to go. Quickley took a quick break after intercepting a midfield pass to give the Knicks a seven-point bulge with 1:12 left.

The Heat controlled the first half, scoring 24 points in the paint and leading up to 14 points. Miami’s Jimmy Butler scored 17 of his 30 points in the first half.

New York Post

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