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Rookie Dotson scores 30, Knicks blow out Heat 122-98

NEW YORK (AP) Dwyane Wade never needed to worry during Miami's dominant days about looking up at the standings and wondering who the Heat would face to open the playoffs.

This time this matchup won't be in their favor, but Wade just wants the Heat to be playing well when they get to it.

Rookie Damyean Dotson had career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Luke Kornet added a career-best 17 points and the New York Knicks blew out the Heat 122-98 on Friday night.

''We want to go into the playoffs on a high note. You don't want to go in losing three in a row, you want to definitely go in winning and feeling good about yourself and playing,'' said Wade, a three-time champion with Miami.

''Now on the seeds part, whatever happens at the end of the day from the seeds standpoint, (it) is what it is. Like I said, we got the bottom, we got to play with (a) Goliath team anyways. So, it really doesn't matter.''

Trey Burke scored 17 points and Kyle O'Quinn had 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak.

New York hit a season-best 18 3-pointers, with Dotson and Kornet making four apiece. The Knicks assisted on 33 of their 45 made attempts.

''Keep believing. Keep working hard,'' said Dotson, who's played sparingly this season. The 23-year-old, picked 44th overall in the 2017 draft, became the first Knicks rookie to post 30 points and 10 rebounds since Patrick Ewing in 1985-86.

Goran Dragic had 15 points and Hassan Whiteside chipped in 14 in Miami's disappointing effort with the postseason set to tip off next weekend.

''I hardly recognized our team tonight compared to who we have been and how we've have been playing,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The Heat remained in sixth place in the East, a half-game ahead of Milwaukee. The Knicks host the Bucks on Saturday.

The Heat will wrap up the regular season against Oklahoma City, currently sixth in the Western Conference race, on Monday, and East No. 1 Toronto on Wednesday, a pair of games Wade would like to get on their side before the postseason run picks up.

''We came out and laid an egg,'' the 14-year veteran said. ''So, we have to come back Monday at home versus a team that is fighting for the playoffs. We have to continue to play well like we have been since the All-Star break going into the playoffs.''

Miami scored the first four points of the game, and from there the Knicks took over, ending the first quarter with a 34-23 lead despite losing forward Michael Beasley for good with a left knee injury just 14 seconds into the contest.

New York went into the half leading 63-50 and led by 18 at the start of the third quarter before Miami got as close as 10 points when James Johnson scored five straight to cut the gap 69-59 with 9:56 remaining.

The Knicks then outscored Miami 27-19 to put the game away for good, going into the fourth quarter up 96-78.

TIP-INS

Knicks: The Knicks were without Emmanuel Mudiay (headache) in the second half after the point guard lost his balance late in the second quarter and fell out of bounds near the baseline, hitting his head on a camera man's knee. . New York's Tim Hardaway Jr. had to leave the game with 41 seconds left in the third quarter after he grabbed a rebound and injured his left ankle as he landed on his feet. He sat down briefly on the bench before leaving for the locker room. X-Rays were negative. ... Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said there could be chance Beasley plays Saturday night since his injury wasn't too serious.

Heat: Kelly Olynyk scored 11 points and Wayne Ellington had 10.

INSIDER'S TIP

The LeBron James billboard craze hit the Big Apple, and someone that's very close to the three-time NBA champion laughed it off.

Ahead of James' final visit of the season with Cleveland to Madison Square Garden on Monday night, a billboard raised right across the street from the arena's main entrance implores this summer's top free agent to sign with the Knicks.

''KING OF NEW YORK? PROVE IT. KINGJAMESNYC2018'', read the sign placed by NYC Ads Co., a New York City-based marketing company.

Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon and Akron, Ohio, James' hometown, have each devised their billboard campaigns with hopes of swaying the 14-time All-Star's decision once the free agency market opens up in July.

Wade's take before the Heat took the floor at the Garden on Friday night?

''Good luck'', he said.

UP NEXT

Heat: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.

Knicks: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

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Key Players
G. Dragic
7 PG
T. Hardaway Jr.
3 SF
33.1 Min. Per Game 33.1
17.5 Pts. Per Game 17.5
2.7 Ast. Per Game 2.7
3.9 Reb. Per Game 3.9
45.3 Field Goal % 42.1
45.2 Three Point % 42.1
80.1 Free Throw % 81.6
+ 2 Rodney McGruder made jump shot 0:20
  Defensive rebound by Wayne Ellington 0:36
  Frank Ntilikina missed jump shot 0:39
  Defensive rebound by Frank Ntilikina 0:47
  Wayne Ellington missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:49
  Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo 0:53
  Courtney Lee missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:56
+ 2 Bam Adebayo made layup 1:11
  Offensive rebound by Bam Adebayo 1:11
  Bam Adebayo missed driving layup 1:14
  Defensive rebound by Bam Adebayo 1:21
Team Stats
Points 98 122
Field Goals 35-88 (39.8%) 45-89 (50.6%)
3-Pointers 7-27 (25.9%) 18-37 (48.6%)
Free Throws 21-22 (95.5%) 14-21 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 48 57
Offensive 7 9
Defensive 35 42
Team 6 6
Assists 20 33
Steals 7 7
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 13 12
Fouls 19 23
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
30 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Heat 43-37 2327282098
home team logo Knicks 28-51 34293326122
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 43-37 106.8 PPG 47.5 RPG 22.7 APG
home team logo Knicks 28-51 108.5 PPG 45.5 RPG 19.9 APG
Key Players
G. Dragic PG 15.3 PPG 3.1 RPG 4.9 APG 41.2 FG%
D. Dotson SG 11.1 PPG 4.1 RPG 1.0 APG 46.4 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Dragic PG 15 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
D. Dotson SG 30 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
39.8 FG% 50.6
25.9 3PT FG% 48.6
95.5 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 23 15 3 2 1 0 2 2 6/10 1/1 2/2 0 3 21 -13
H. Whiteside 17 14 6 0 0 0 1 4 6/13 0/0 2/2 2 4 19 -10
J. Johnson 23 12 1 4 0 2 3 2 4/8 1/2 3/3 0 1 20 -11
T. Johnson 26 9 5 2 2 0 1 2 4/7 1/2 0/0 1 4 19 -5
J. Richardson 19 2 2 2 0 1 1 2 0/3 0/1 2/2 0 2 8 -14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 23 15 3 2 1 0 2 2 6/10 1/1 2/2 0 3 21 -13
H. Whiteside 17 14 6 0 0 0 1 4 6/13 0/0 2/2 2 4 19 -10
J. Johnson 23 12 1 4 0 2 3 2 4/8 1/2 3/3 0 1 20 -11
T. Johnson 26 9 5 2 2 0 1 2 4/7 1/2 0/0 1 4 19 -5
J. Richardson 19 2 2 2 0 1 1 2 0/3 0/1 2/2 0 2 8 -14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Olynyk 18 11 4 1 0 0 2 2 2/6 1/4 6/6 0 4 15 -12
W. Ellington 28 10 4 0 2 0 0 0 3/9 2/7 2/2 1 3 16 -13
J. Winslow 22 9 5 2 2 0 1 2 3/9 0/3 3/3 1 4 19 -17
D. Wade 19 7 5 3 0 1 0 2 3/9 1/2 0/0 0 5 19 -15
R. McGruder 21 5 3 4 0 1 0 0 2/6 0/1 1/2 1 2 17 -12
B. Adebayo 12 4 4 0 0 0 2 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 3 6 -2
L. Babbitt 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/4 0/4 0/0 0 0 0 +4
D. Waiters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 98 42 20 7 5 13 19 35/88 7/27 21/22 7 35 179 -120
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Burke 29 17 3 4 1 0 2 2 6/12 1/4 4/7 0 3 27 +8
T. Hardaway Jr. 29 15 4 5 2 0 1 2 5/10 4/7 1/2 0 4 30 +24
K. O'Quinn 21 14 14 2 1 3 1 3 5/9 1/1 3/4 6 8 35 +10
F. Ntilikina 32 8 2 9 1 0 3 3 3/7 2/4 0/0 0 2 26 +12
M. Beasley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Burke 29 17 3 4 1 0 2 2 6/12 1/4 4/7 0 3 27 +8
T. Hardaway Jr. 29 15 4 5 2 0 1 2 5/10 4/7 1/2 0 4 30 +24
K. O'Quinn 21 14 14 2 1 3 1 3 5/9 1/1 3/4 6 8 35 +10
F. Ntilikina 32 8 2 9 1 0 3 3 3/7 2/4 0/0 0 2 26 +12
M. Beasley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Dotson 35 30 11 1 1 1 0 1 12/21 4/10 2/3 1 10 45 +21
L. Kornet 21 17 8 4 0 1 1 3 6/11 4/6 1/1 1 7 33 +20
C. Lee 29 10 3 4 1 0 0 2 4/8 2/4 0/0 1 2 22 +12
I. Hicks 19 9 3 1 0 0 1 4 3/6 0/0 3/4 0 3 13 -1
J. Jack 12 2 2 2 0 0 2 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 +6
E. Mudiay 7 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 2 +8
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Kanter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 122 51 33 7 5 12 23 45/89 18/37 14/21 9 42 239 +120