After an incredible victory at the buzzer to lift them past the Detroit Pistons last night, the Miami Heat will seek to carry that momentum to Madison Square Garden when they face the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
New York is on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention, more of a formality at this point, but turned it around briefly with a win against the Pistons on Monday in which Derrick Rose (27 points), Carmelo Anthony (21 points) and Kristaps Porzingis (25 points) each had big games. Unfortunately for them, that has not been the case throughout the regular season and the victory was just their second in their last 10 games. Their inconsistency has plagued them and the last time they won two games in a row was back in December 20-22, which bodes well for the Heat.
The two teams meet for the second time this season after New York won 114-103 in Miami on December 6. This will be the third time the Heat will face an opponent in back-to-back games as the two teams will face off in Miami on Friday.
GameTime: 7:30 PM EST, Madison Square Garden, New York
All-Time Head-to-Heat: Miami is 52-61 all-time versus New York during the regular season and is 23-34 in games played on the road. However, Miami is 9-2 in their last 11 meetings and has won five consecutive games in New York.
Miami: 36-38, .486. Third in the Southeast Division, 10 games behind the division leading Washington Wizards. Eighth in the Eastern Conference, 12 games behind the conference leading Boston Celtics. Tied with the Portland Trail Blazers for 15th in the NBA. 69.0% chance of qualifying for the postseason. Last Five: L-W-L-L-W
Knicks: 28-46, .378. Fourth in the Eastern Division, 20 games behind the division leading Boston Celtics. 13th in the Eastern Conference, 20 games behind the Celtics. 26th in the NBA. 0.0% chance of making the playoffs. Last Five: L-L-L-L-W
TV: FOX Sports Sun (Eric Reid, Tony Fiorentino, Jason Jackson)
Radio: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Mike Inglis, Ron Rothstein)
Spanish Radio: WAQI 710AM (José Pañeda)
PG - Goran Dragic
SG - Rodney McGruder
SF - Josh Richardson
PF - Luke Babbitt
C - Hassan Whiteside
PG - Derrick Rose
SG - Courtney Lee
SF - Carmelo Anthony
PF - Kristaps Porzingis
C - Willy Hernangomez