Austin Rivers #8 and Elfrid Payton #6 of the New York Knicks defends against Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on February 07, 2021 in New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP
Jimmy Butler scored eight points in the fourth quarter and hit the tiebreaking jumper with 4:18 left Sunday afternoon as the visiting Miami Heat held off the New York Knicks in a 109-103 win.
Butler (17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists) just missed a triple-double while Bam Adebayo (24 points and 11 rebounds) also had a double-double for the Heat, which has won two straight for just the second time this season.
Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro each scored 16 points while Kelly Olynyk (15 points) and Duncan Robinson (12 points) each got into double digits.
Julius Randle had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, whose two-game winning streak was snapped. Reggie Bullock hit seven 3-pointers on his way to 21 points while Alec Burks had 13 points off the bench.
Bullock drained a trio of 3-pointers as the Knicks opened the game on a 15-5 run.
The Heat responded with a 16-3 run — Bullock hit another 3-pointer for New York’s only points — in which Nunn hit two 3-pointers, including the tie-breaking trey that gave Miami a 21-18 lead.
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