MIAMI – Michael Beasley appeared on the verge of capping his revenge sport with a victory. Then he celebrated somewhat too rapidly.
Simply 30 seconds into OT, the Knicks ahead nailed a floater and appeared to glare on the Warmth bench as if to taunt his former workforce. Whereas doing so, Beasley backpedaled onto the foot of Miami’s Wayne Ellington and turned his ankle.
Beasley hobbled to the locker room and the Knicks by no means recovered, shedding Friday in OT, 107-103. Beasley, who scored 13 of his 20 factors within the fourth quarter and OT, stated he did not bear in mind if he was staring on the Warmth bench simply earlier than his harm.
“I do not know,” he stated. “I doubt it.”
There was actually further motivation to stay it to Miami. Earlier than the sport, Beasley – who was drafted in Miami and signed three separate contracts with the membership – stated he by no means had the religion of Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra.
“It was extra about what I could not do than what I may,” he stated.
Beasley missed 4 minutes of OT after turning his ankle and returned with 25.7 seconds remaining and a two-point deficit. With an opportunity to tie, he fought for an offensive rebound following Jarrett Jack’s miss however a replay evaluate decided the ball went out of bounds off Beasley’s palms.
That primarily killed the sport for New York and have become an enormous level of rivalry for coach Jeff Hornacek. Beasley additionally did not perceive how the replay sales space may make that conclusion.
“I hit it a method and it went the overall reverse manner. I am not a magician so I do not see how that may occur,” Beasley stated. “However the refs go to high school for a purpose and so they can clearly see issues we will not.”