Patrick Ewing, who shot just 3-for-15, broke New York out of an 0
Patrick Ewing, who shot just 3-for-15, broke New York out of an 0-for-14 fourth quarter drought by scoring on three consecutive possessions to reduce Miami’s lead to 83-82. After Mourning fouled out, Allan Houston scored to give the Knicks their first lead of the quarter, 84-83, with 1:13 left.
Houston led the Knicks with 19 points. Ewing scored 17 but also sat out 15 minutes because of foul trouble. Teammate Larry Johnson sat out 16 minutes because of foul trouble.
Miami led 79-72 midway through the final period, but the Heat failed to pull further ahead as the Knicks missed all their shots until Ewing scored with 4:15 left, reducing the margin to 81-78.
Hardaway scored Miami’s final 13 points in the first half to turn a 37-27 deficit into a 48-42 halftime lead. His barrage included a 28-footer at the buzzer.
Each of the Knicks’ three front-line starters went to the bench in the second quarter with three fouls. Ewing, Johnson and Charles Oakley sat out the final 3:09 together, and Miami outscored New York 15-5 during that stretch.
Hardaway had 25 points and Mourning 13 at halftime. The Heat’s other three starters combined for two points.
Ewing went to the bench early in the third period with four fouls, but without him the Knicks scored 13 consecutive points to regain the lead 57-56.
Notes: Hardaway and Mourning shared the previous Heat playoff record of 30 points. ... Mourning has 31 fouls in six games against the Knicks this season. ... Floridian Jimmy Buffett sang the national anthem, closing with the words, ``Go Heat!″ ... Other VIPs in the crowd included Rosie O’Donnell, Matt Dillon, Jimmy Johnson, Donald Trump, Glen Rice and John Vanbiesbrouck. Miami coach Pat Riley hugged Johnson as he walked off the floor. ... The Knicks’ all-time record at Miami Arena is 14-8. ... The Knicks, who had been 4-0 in postseason, failed to match their all-time longest playoff winning streak of five games in 1972, and again in the 1973-74 seasons. ... . ... The Knicks outscored Miami 27-22 in the third quarter. New York has outscored the Heat 116-78 in the third period in four games at Miami Arena this season.