JIMMY Butler, returning from an injury absence, scored 28 points to lead the host Miami Heat to a 105-86 win over the New York Knicks in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Miami leads the series 2-1. The Heat will host Game 4 on Monday night.
Knicks sixth man Immanuel Quickley left the game with 6:15 left in the fourth quarter due to his injured left knee.
The game got ugly with 14.7 seconds left in the third quarter as the teams scuffled underneath the Knicks’ basket. Three technical fouls were assessed: on Miami’s Cody Zeller for pushing Julius Randle; on New York’s Isaiah Hartenstein for pushing Mr. Zeller; and on Miami’s Caleb Martin for pushing Mr. Hartenstein.
Earlier in the game, the Knicks were so frustrated that two of their players — RJ Barrett and Josh Hart — were called for technical fouls.
Butler, who missed Game 2 won by New York, came back from his injured right ankle after five full days of rest. He made 9 of 21 shots from the floor and went 10-for-11 from the free-throw line.
He got help from Bam Adebayo (17 points, 12 rebounds), Max Strus (19 points) and Kyle Lowry (14 points).
New York was led by Jalen Brunson, who had 20 points and a game-high eight assists. Mr. Hart (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Mr. Randle (10 points, 14 rebounds) had double-doubles for the Knicks, although Mr. Randle shot just 4-for-15 overall.
Miami never trailed in the first quarter, led by as many as 13 and settled for a 29-21 advantage by the end of the period.
New York, which missed its first 15 shots from outside the paint, trailed by as many as 19 points in the second quarter. By halftime, Miami led 58-44. The Heat turned the ball over just three times in the first half compared to nine by the Knicks. — Reuters