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Heat survive 107-103 against Knicks in overtime

Winderman on the Heat finding a way to win games they need to win.

The motivation throughout the day at AmericanAirlines Arena was to erase the stench of the Miami Heat's 29-point loss the last time they faced the New York Knicks.

Coach Erik Spoelstra and his players spent the morning reliving all the gruesome lowlights of that November evening at Madison Square Garden. The talk from that point was about the importance of not going down 0-2 in the four-game season series.

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So overwhelming fury? Not exactly.

Merely survival, by a 107-103 count in overtime Friday night.

On a night the Heat attempted a franchise-record 42 3-pointers and Wayne Ellington a franchise individual-record 16, the Heat survived a 3-pointer by Doug McDermott that forced the extra period with 1.1 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.

"I love the fact that we found a way to win an overtime game that could have been emotionally draining," Spoelstra said.

Ellington led the Heat with 24 points, albeit on 6-of-16 3-point shooting, supported by 19 from Goran Dragic, 18 from Josh Richardson, 16 from Tyler Johnson, 10 from Kelly Olynyk and 12 from center Hassan Whiteside, who watched the finish from the bench.

"I’m not at all hesitant to put him back in there," Spoelstra said. "I know he wanted to be in there. When they went small we felt that that was probably the best lineup for us."

The Knicks got 24 points from Courtney Lee, 20 from former Heat forward Michael Beasley and 15 from Kristaps Porzingis.

Of those team-record 42 3-point attempts, Spoelstra deadpanned. "What has this organization come to?"

He continued, "look, we're not going to be a team that averages 40, but those shots presented themselves tonight. And I thought they were good looks. There weren't many pull-ups or contested ones. For a stretch there, I thought we had a bunch of opens ones -- we just missed 'em, actually way more open than any of the stuff that we had in the paint. New York, you have to credit them. They did a great job of protecting the paint. It's not the easiest team when they play big."

Ellington had no idea he had broken Brian Shaw's franchise record for 3-point attempts in a game.

"When I looked at the sheet after the game and saw 16 attempts from out there, I was like, 'Wow!' I mean I didn't realize it," he said. "I was just in the flow of the game."

It wasn't pretty, but the result was enough to get the Heat four games above .500, with a decidedly different feel around the team than after that humbling loss at New York six weeks ago.

"It wasn't a perfect game," Richardson said. "They still shot 48 percent from the field so there's definitely a lot of areas for improvement. But there’s definitely areas for encouragement, too."

While closing time wasn't exactly emphatic for the Heat, it beat the alternative.

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Through it all, the Heat ended the game in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Because it has been that kind of season.

And certainly was that kind of night.

"Now you can see the season is turning around," Dragic said. "But still, we can’t relax. We need to put a lot of work in and try to get on a higher level."

The Heat remained without Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow, this time also without Derrick Walton Jr., due to illness.

The Knicks remained without Tim Hardaway Jr., who remains out with a leg issue.

Just as it was in regulation, it was a wild scramble to the finish in overtime.

A Beasley driving runner put the Knicks up 99-97 early in overtime, with the former Heat forward then crumpling to the court. After Beasley went out, Dragic converted a 3-pointer for a 100-99 Heat lead.

James Johnson then dropped to 0 for 7 from the field with a wayward 3-pointer.

Porzingis worked his way to the line with 2:45 left, with his free throws putting the Knicks up 101-100.

But back came Ellington with a 3-pointer for a 103-101 Heat lead, on the Heat's 42nd 3-point attempt of the night.

That was followed by a transition layup by Jarrett Jack to tie it 103-103.

After several wild sequences, Richardson found himself at the line in the tie with 25.7 seconds left. He made both for a 105-103 Heat lead. That led to the Knicks final timeout.

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Beasley, back at that stage, fed Jack for a 15-foot that was off, with the Knicks given possession when the rebound went out of bounds.

Fouled, Heat forward James Johnson then made both of his free throws for a 107-103 lead.

The teams stood tied 80-80 with 4:40 to play in regulation before a Porzingis jumper gave New York an 88-86 lead. Porzingis then matched an Olynyk basket to leave the Knicks up two.

A Dragic 3-pointer with 2:41 left in regulation then put the Heat up 91-90, with the Heat forcing a Porzingis miss on the other end.

Richardson then worked his way to the foul line, with his free throws putting the Heat up 93-90.

But that's when Beasley scored inside with 1:04 left in the fourth to draw New York within 93-92.

After miss by Heat forward James Johnson, Beasley got to the line for a pair of free throws that put New York up 94-93.

Of an uneven possession, Olynyk then got to the line with 32.2 seconds left in regulation, for his first free throws of the night. He made both for a 95-94 lead.

The Knicks countered by going back to Beasley, who was off, with Ellington controlling the rebound and the Heat calling their final timeout.

Forced to foul, the Knicks sent Richardson to the line with 13.2 seconds to play in the fourth. At 3 of 3 from the line to that stage, he made both for a 97-94 lead.

A 3-pointer off a rebound scramble by Doug McDermott with 1.1 seconds to play -- and the Heat out of timeouts -- then sent it into overtime.

A four-point play by McDermott with 11:09 left gave the Knicks their first lead since the opening minutes, at 76-75. A Beasley layup then pushed New York to its largest lead to that stage, at 80-75, leading to a Heat timeout with 9:17 left after the 9-0 run to open the fourth.

Ellington ended the drought with a 3-pointer to bring the Heat within 80-78, but Beasley promptly countered with a 3-pointer of his own.

Later, a Beasley tip-in off a missed Knicks free throw gave New York an 86-80 lead.

The Heat defense then held, with an Ellington jumper producing that 80-80 tie with 4:04 left.

The Heat pushed to the game's first double-digit lead early in the second period, at 55-45, before the Knicks countered with a 7-0 run.

The Heat then took a 75-71 lead into the fourth quarter, with Lee up to 24 points by that stage for the Knicks.

The Heat moved to an eight-point lead late in the second period and take a 51-45 lead into the intermission.

The Heat outscored the Knicks 21-0 on 3-pointers in the first half, but were outscored by 12 in the paint over the opening two periods.

The Heat tied their season first-half season high with seven steals.

The opening period ended with the Heat up 26-25, with both teams 11 of 21 from the field.

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In a surprise rotation twist, Derrick Jones Jr. was the second Heat reserve off the bench, entering midway through the first period, ahead of James Johnson and Bam Adebayo.

It was the second game of the four-game season series, with the Knicks also to visit March 21.

The Knicks, despite losing Porzingis to an ankle injury early in the game, won the teams' first meeting 115-86 Nov. 29 at Madison Square Garden, behind 22 points and 14 rebounds from Kanter, shooting .603 from the field to the Heat's .381. The Heat played that night in the injury absence of Whiteside.

The Knicks entered having won three of the previous four meetings, as well as their last three visits to AmericanAirlines Arena.

The game was the second on a three-game homestand for the Heat that concludes Sunday against the Utah Jazz, to be followed by a run of 7 of 8 on the road.

The Heat entered having won five of their previous seven games, coming off Wednesday's 111-104 victory over the Pistons.

The game was the second on a three-game trip for the Knicks, concluding a run of three games in four nights. The Knicks were coming off Wednesday's 121-103 loss in Washington, with losses in six of their previous seven games.

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