National Basketball Association
Miami 108, New York 101
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 30, 2023
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials: #25 Tony Brothers, #55 Bill Kennedy, #39 Tyler Ford, #36 Brent Barnaky
Attendance: 19812

Jimmy Butler totaled 25 points and 11 rebounds and hobbled through the final five minutes as the visiting Miami Heat rallied for a 108-101 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

After scoring 42 points to help the eighth-seeded Heat rally from 16 down to close out Milwaukee in Game 5 on Wednesday, Butler was 8 of 16 from the floor and 9 of 11 from the foul line in 44 minutes, including the final minutes on a bad leg.

With 5:05 left and Miami up 95-92, Butler fell to the floor after being fouled by Josh Hart. He was holding his ankle and rolled over on his stomach after his right foot went under Hart's leg.

Butler hobbled to the bench and returned gingerly before making both free throws.

The Heat then finished it off when Kyle Lowry hit a baseline jumper for a 104-94 lead with 2:53 left.

Gabe Vincent hit five of Miami's 13 3-pointers and added 20 points. Lowry added 18 points and six assists off the bench, while Bam Adebayo contributed 16 points and eight boards as Miami shot 42.4 percent.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in New York.

RJ Barrett led all scorers with 26 points while adding nine rebounds and seven assists, but the Knicks were held to 40 points in the final 22-plus minutes and blew a 12-point lead midway through the second quarter.

Jalen Brunson added 25 and Obi Toppin finished with 18 as the Knicks shot 47.7 percent and missed 27 of 34 3-point attempts.

Julius Randle, New York's leading scorer in the regular season, missed the game with a sprained left ankle that he originally injured March 29 and reinjured Wednesday in Cleveland. He worked out on the floor pregame before the Knicks announced he would sit out.

Barrett scored 11 as the Knicks outscored Miami 17-5 over the final 5:02 for a 32-21 lead after one quarter. New York took a 40-28 lead on Brunson's layup with 7:30 left in the second quarter and settled for a 55-50 halftime lead after Adebayo sank a foul-line jumper right before the horn.

Miami ripped off a 21-5 run, and consecutive hoops by Butler opened a 74-66 lead with 5:34 left in the third. After the Knicks moved within 74-72 on Brunson's basket with 4:33 left, the Heat took an 81-75 lead into the fourth.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Miami   New York
Jimmy Butler 25 Scoring RJ Barrett 26
Kyle Lowry 6 Assists RJ Barrett 7
Jimmy Butler 11 Rebounds Mitchell Robinson 14
Jimmy Butler 9 Free Throws Made RJ Barrett 5
Jimmy Butler 2 Steals RJ Barrett 1
Kyle Lowry 4 Blocks Mitchell Robinson 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Miami 108 42.4 13-39 23-29 26 39 5 8 9
New York 101 47.7 7-34 12-20 20 48 4 6 13
Upcoming Games
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