This one's a pastry playoff.
In a game that had more turnovers than a bakery at breakfast time, the Miami Heat survived the New York Knicks and stand one victory away from the second round of the NBA playoffs.Miami's 91-85 victory Tuesday night was not exactly pretty. In fact, it wasn't close to pretty with the two teams committing 40 turnovers, 22 by New York, and making almost every trip up the court an adventure.
"That was as tough and as hectic as any game I've ever been in for a lot of reasons," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "But we did what we had to do."
What the Heat did was survive a sea of mistakes and manage to make fewer of them than the Knicks. Miami got 28 points from Voshon Lenard and 27 from Tim Hardaway and led for nearly the whole game to take the 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 series.
Why was this game such a mess?
"I just think it was a lot of emotion coming into it," Riley said. "I thought it was a sloppily played game from the standpoint of execution on both ends. It was hard to get good shots. There were bizarre plays at the end and turnovers, and both teams seem to want it so much. I think when you go beyond wanting it so much, you just don't play. And I thought that happened to both teams."
In the last five minutes, the Heat scored seven points and issued invitation after invitation to the Knicks to take this game away. New York, however, managed just eight points in that span. Every trip seemed to produce a mishap for both teams.
"In these type of games, you have to make every possession count," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "And we played as poorly on offense as you could play and still be in the game and have a chance."