SPANISH HARLEM – What a day it was to be a New York Knicks fan on Tuesday. The highs and lows were incredible but the Blue and Orange pulled out the win 111-105 against the hated Miami Heat. Let me take you on my emotional rollercoaster.
It starts when news comes in that Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle would be playing, after being day-to-day coming into the game. You can imagine my excitement that two of the best players on the team would be in the starting lineup, but it only got better when the Heat announced Jimmy Butler would not be playing in game 2. This meant New York would have a huge advantage in the talent department. There was no reason to fear a loss… or was there?
As a fan, I would have loved the Knicks to come out swinging for the fences and scoring points in bunches and while it seemed that way in the first quarter, the Heat were punching back, with haymaker after haymaker. It wasn’t long before you realized that this team was in deep deep trouble. For every time you felt the Knicks would go on a run, the Heat would stop that momentum and take the lead.
It wasn’t until the 4th quarter, that you finally felt the Knicks play the type of basketball you expected to see and with that, got the win behind a tremendous performance from Brunson to Randle, with RJ Barrett providing a jolt in the first half and Josh Hart doing Josh Hart things in the final minutes. Shout out to Isaiah Hartenstein’s hustle in that last period, because without his defense and energy, the Knicks would not have come back to win.
Now it’s off to Miami, where they will try to steal one game and make it a series. See the Knicks on Saturday at 3:30 pm.
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