Heat Blowout The Knicks In Summer League
The Miami Heat (2-2) trampled the New York Knicks (1-3) from start to finish in round one of the NBA Summer League Tournament, as they took the nightcap at Cox Pavilion by a score of 113-66.
Travis Leslie, James Nunnally, Eric Griffin, James Ennis and Damion James all scored in double-figures. Miami shot 58% from the floor as a team and connected on 10-of-22 shots attempts from beyond the arc.
Leslie lead the way for Miami, scoring a game-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field to go along with four rebounds and two blocks. Leslie was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round (47th overall) in the 2011 NBA Draft. He spent last season with the Santa Cruz Warriors and helped them reach the NBA Development League Finals.
The Heat started the game strong, scoring the first seven points and taking advantage of seven Knicks's turnovers in the first quarter. They took a 22-8 lead after the first quarter, holding New York to just 29% (4-for-14) from the field in the opening stanza.
Miami continued to extend their lead in the second quarter and took a commanding 50-24 lead going into the locker room.
The Heat continued to pour it on the Knicks in the second-half and extended their lead to 57 points when they went up 112-55 following a 3-pointer by J.R. Giddens. Miami played well defensively as they recorded 13 steals and forced 20 New York turnovers.
One bright spot for the Knicks was Jeremy Tyler who went 4-for-4 from the field in the first half for eight points. Tyler played in the NBA with Atlanta and Golden State before finishing the season with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League. He finished the evening with a team-high 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and one assist.
Miami will go on to play the #2 seeded Chicago Bulls tomorrow at 7 PM in Cox Pavilion. New York will take on the loser of the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday 1:00 P.M. in Cox Pavilion.