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Kanter leads Knicks to easy win despite Porzingis injury

NEW YORK (AP) Enes Kanter was so good after coming back that it didn't matter that Kristaps Porzingis went out.

Kanter had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat 115-86 on Wednesday night despite losing their leading scorer to a sprained right ankle after 2 1/2 minutes.

Back after missing three games with back spasms, Kanter had his way against a Heat team missing starting center Hassan Whiteside because of left knee soreness, going 7 of 9 from the field.

''Enes was a monster today,'' Porzingis said.

The Knicks lost all three games Kanter missed, their longest skid since starting 0-3, but shot 60 percent and led by as much as 30 points with their center back.

''I just didn't play three games. I was like so excited, just like so hungry,'' Kanter said. ''I just wanted to go out there and bite somebody's ear off.''

Porzingis had started quickly, making his first two shots before he was hurt chasing the ball near the baseline by the Miami bench. Justise Winslow stepped on his foot, causing Porzingis' ankle to turn awkwardly, and he was helped to the locker room during a timeout.

The Knicks said X-rays were negative and that their leading scorer was available to return, but they later ruled out a return in the third quarter. There was no need by then the way they were playing.

''He's a big part of our family, but when he goes down everybody just stepped up,'' Kanter said. ''Not just me. Everybody stepped up.''

Courtney Lee added 17 points for the Knicks.

Kelly Olynyk had 18 for the Heat, who lost in Cleveland on Tuesday and finished their trip 2-2. They had won six straight at Madison Square Garden. Point guard Goran Dragic said energy, especially defensively, was the team's biggest problem.

''I mean, the last two games we couldn't stop nobody,'' Dragic said. ''I feel like they're playing 5 on 0 right now. They can score at will.''

New York made nearly 64 percent of its shots in taking a 33-22 lead after one, then extended it to 65-44 at halftime on one of their prettiest baskets of the season. Jarrett Jack got the ball after a Heat miss, fired it all the way down from the free throw line to the other end of the court, where Tim Hardaway Jr. leaped and threw it in in one motion from 21 feet to beat the buzzer.

The lead ballooned to 84-54 in the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Heat: Bam Adebayo, who shot 7 for 7 in Cleveland, made his first four shots starting in place of Whiteside. ... Miami owned a 12-game winning streak in New York that was snapped. Besides their run at MSG that started nearly four years ago, the Heat have won six straight over the Nets in Brooklyn.

Knicks: Rookie G Frank Ntilikina missed the game because of a sprained left ankle. ... Joakim Noah was inactive after playing for the Knicks' G League team earlier Wednesday. Noah, who played three minutes Monday in his only appearance since returning from a 20-game suspension for violating the anti-drug policy, had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and one block for Westchester. Rookie Damyean Dotson did play in both games, scoring 23 points in Westchester's loss and getting in this game in the fourth quarter.

HASSAN HURTING

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside had been sore the last few weeks and had been using the day after games to rest. He said Whiteside would be evaluated Thursday when Miami is back home, though didn't believe an MRI would be necessary since Whiteside already had one.

''So this is just part of the process. We anticipated this,'' Spoelstra said. ''Hasn't gotten any worse necessarily, just the schedule hasn't let up and he really hasn't been able to do two days of work in a row for a while.''

PORZINGIS' PAIN

Porzingis said he thought his injury looked worse than it was and hoped he could return Sunday. He had hoped to even get back in Wednesday's game and told Kanter at halftime he was all right.

''He's a strong unicorn,'' Kanter said.

UP NEXT

Heat: Host Charlotte on Friday night.

Knicks: Host Orlando on Sunday.

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Key Players
G. Dragic
7 G
K. Porzingis
6 F
33.1 Min. Per Game 33.1
27.0 Pts. Per Game 27.0
1.2 Ast. Per Game 1.2
7.2 Reb. Per Game 7.2
45.8 Field Goal % 46.7
46.2 Three Point % 46.4
80.2 Free Throw % 84.1
  Defensive rebound by Willy Hernangomez 0:18
  Derrick Walton missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
+ 2 Damyean Dotson made floating jump shot 0:27
+ 3 Tyler Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kelly Olynyk 0:46
+ 2 Ron Baker made layup 1:06
  Bad pass turnover on Jordan Mickey, stolen by Ron Baker 1:07
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Mickey 1:08
  Doug McDermott missed jump shot, blocked by Kelly Olynyk 1:09
+ 2 Kelly Olynyk made driving layup 1:21
+ 3 Damyean Dotson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Willy Hernangomez 1:39
+ 1 Kelly Olynyk made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:48
Team Stats
Points 86 115
Field Goals 32-84 (38.1%) 44-73 (60.3%)
3-Pointers 10-38 (26.3%) 5-13 (38.5%)
Free Throws 12-20 (60.0%) 22-26 (84.6%)
Total Rebounds 38 55
Offensive 9 8
Defensive 22 44
Team 7 3
Assists 21 26
Steals 13 10
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 15 20
Fouls 20 20
Technicals 2 0
10 PTS, 1 REB, 8 AST
22 PTS, 14 REB, 1 AST
1234T
away team logo Heat 10-11 2222202286
home team logo Knicks 11-10 33322327115
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 10-11 103.4 PPG 41 RPG 23.8 APG
home team logo Knicks 11-10 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Olynyk C 12.8 PPG 4.6 RPG 3.8 APG 47.7 FG%
E. Kanter C 15.5 PPG 5.8 RPG 1.0 APG 55.0 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Olynyk C 18 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
E. Kanter C 22 PTS 14 REB 1 AST
38.1 FG% 60.3
26.3 3PT FG% 38.5
60.0 FT% 84.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Richardson 30 13 3 1 3 1 2 3 5/14 2/8 1/2 0 3 20 -26
D. Waiters 29 10 1 8 1 1 1 2 3/10 1/4 3/6 1 0 28 -16
B. Adebayo 30 9 5 0 2 0 1 3 4/5 0/0 1/2 1 4 15 -20
G. Dragic 23 6 2 3 0 0 0 1 3/12 0/3 0/0 1 1 14 -20
J. Winslow 16 5 5 3 1 0 2 0 2/5 0/1 1/2 2 3 15 -19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Richardson 30 13 3 1 3 1 2 3 5/14 2/8 1/2 0 3 20 -26
D. Waiters 29 10 1 8 1 1 1 2 3/10 1/4 3/6 1 0 28 -16
B. Adebayo 30 9 5 0 2 0 1 3 4/5 0/0 1/2 1 4 15 -20
G. Dragic 23 6 2 3 0 0 0 1 3/12 0/3 0/0 1 1 14 -20
J. Winslow 16 5 5 3 1 0 2 0 2/5 0/1 1/2 2 3 15 -19
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Olynyk 25 18 5 2 0 1 4 5 6/11 3/4 3/3 1 4 24 -1
T. Johnson 29 13 1 3 2 1 2 1 5/11 1/6 2/2 0 1 21 -17
J. Johnson 18 9 4 1 1 0 2 5 3/7 2/4 1/3 2 2 14 -12
W. Ellington 27 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 1/7 1/7 0/0 1 0 6 -8
J. Mickey 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 3 -6
D. Walton 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 0
H. Whiteside - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hammons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 86 31 21 13 4 15 20 32/84 10/38 12/20 9 22 161 -145
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Kanter 25 22 14 1 1 0 1 2 7/9 0/0 8/9 6 8 38 +24
C. Lee 28 17 5 2 3 1 1 0 5/9 2/2 5/5 0 5 29 +20
T. Hardaway Jr. 29 12 0 2 1 0 2 3 5/11 1/4 1/2 0 0 15 +22
K. Porzingis 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 +2
J. Jack 23 2 3 7 1 0 1 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 3 19 +24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Kanter 25 22 14 1 1 0 1 2 7/9 0/0 8/9 6 8 38 +24
C. Lee 28 17 5 2 3 1 1 0 5/9 2/2 5/5 0 5 29 +20
T. Hardaway Jr. 29 12 0 2 1 0 2 3 5/11 1/4 1/2 0 0 15 +22
K. Porzingis 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 +2
J. Jack 23 2 3 7 1 0 1 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 3 19 +24
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. McDermott 29 12 2 1 0 1 1 2 6/7 0/0 0/1 0 2 16 +13
K. O'Quinn 13 9 7 1 1 0 3 4 4/4 0/0 1/1 0 7 16 +2
R. Sessions 24 8 0 6 1 0 2 1 3/9 0/1 2/2 0 0 19 +5
L. Thomas 21 8 4 2 0 0 1 2 1/2 1/2 5/6 0 4 15 +9
W. Hernangomez 8 8 8 1 0 2 2 1 4/5 0/0 0/0 0 8 18 +3
M. Beasley 18 6 7 0 0 1 4 2 3/7 0/2 0/0 2 5 10 +16
D. Dotson 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 0 5 +2
R. Baker 8 2 2 3 2 0 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 11 +3
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ntilikina - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 115 52 26 10 5 20 20 44/73 5/13 22/26 8 44 214 +145