Miami Heat silence The Garden with a 108-101 Game 1 win as the New York Knicks score NINE points in the final five minutes despite late ankle injury to Jimmy Butler
- Jimmy Butler rolled his ankle with just over five minutes left in the ball game
- Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals is once more at NYK on Tuesday
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New York roared first but could not sustain the Heat inside an eventually quietened Madison Square Garden Sunday in the first game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The road warriors in red put together a 58-point second half to put the Knicks to the sword, who could only manage 46.
Miami controlled the game down the stretch, and in truth, the second half thanks to stout defense, a litany of Knicks turnovers and 13 three-pointers.
It leaves Miami 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. Game 2 of the series is once more at The Garden, Tuesday night beginning at 7:30pm ET.
Despite a late-game ankle injury rendering him virtually immovable, Jimmy Butler led all Heat scorers with 25 points.
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Miami’s Jimmy Butler dropped 25 points against the Knicks defense before rolling his ankle
The Knicks’ Jalen Brunson dropped 25 points but could not help stop the Heat in the fourth
Aaron Rodgers sat courtside with Jets teammate, and former Packer, Allen Lazard Sunday
The New York Jets quarterback was greeted by the Knicks’ most recognizable fan, Spike Lee
Comedian and former television host, Trevor Noah was among several celebs in The Garden
New York Knicks greats Patrick Ewing (L) & John Starks (R) were also in attendance for Game 1