MIAMI — Mitchell Robinson didn’t have many memorable moments within the Jap Convention semifinals, other than the important thing free throws that electrified the Backyard and helped the Knicks win Sport 5 over the Warmth.

On Friday evening, Robinson and backup heart Isaiah Hartenstein had one other quiet recreation towards All-Star heart Bam Adebayo, who had 23 factors and 9 rebounds within the Warmth’s series-clinching 96-92 Sport 6 win.

“Bam is a heck of a participant. … He’s an amazing competitor, great respect for him, they usually saved our bodies on Mitch,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau stated. “However I give Mitch lots of credit score. He had 11 rebounds, he had 5 offensively and he was getting that with our bodies hanging throughout him, draped throughout him.

“Mitch had plenty of good performs, blitzing the choose and roll. … All that he discovered from this sequence is sweet for him. General, I’m very happy with the sequence Mitch had.”

Robinson, who sank 4 of six free throws with Miami deliberately fouling him within the fourth quarter on Wednesday evening in New York, completed with two factors — additionally on two late free throws — and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes within the Knicks’ season-ending loss.

Knicks heart Mitchell Robinson defends Warmth heart Bam Adebayo.
Corey Sipkin

Earlier than hitting six of his closing eight makes an attempt from the road, Robinson beforehand had been taking pictures a horrendous 28 % (7-for-28) in the course of the playoffs. He completed his first postseason with averages of 6.5 factors and 9.3 rebounds in 11 video games.

“I assumed we may beat anyone. We went towards some nice groups and beat some and misplaced some. General we did all proper,” Robinson stated. “There have been lots of doubts on the market.

“So we’ve obtained to be taught from our errors. The factor about it’s we’re younger. So we’ve obtained loads of time to develop and get higher, simply be taught from our errors, That’s what we’ve obtained to do.”

Comply with The Put up’s protection of the Knicks vs. Warmth NBA playoff sequence

The Warmth shot 45.0 % from 3-point vary of their five-game elimination of the top-seeded Bucks in an enormous first-round upset, a major enchancment from their twenty seventh place rating (34.4 %) out of 30 NBA groups in the course of the common season.

They vanquished the Knicks regardless of taking pictures 30.6 % within the six video games, together with 7-for-27 from lengthy distance in Sport 6.

Knicks sixth man Immanuel Quickley missed a 3rd straight recreation with a sprained left ankle suffered in Sport 3.

Quick Break


The Knicks had no reply for Bam Adebayo all through the sequence, they usually couldn’t gradual him down Friday evening. The Warmth’s two-time All-Star heart badly outplayed Mitchell Robinson once more as Miami outscored the Knicks within the paint, 38-20.


Take your choose.

Julius Randle shot 3-for-14. RJ Barrett was 1-for-10.

Jalen Brunson didn’t get almost sufficient assist from that duo, which was a mixed 1-for-10 from 3-point vary and dedicated six of the Knicks’ 12 turnovers.

Julius Randle (30) shot 3-for-14 from the field in Game 6.
Julius Randle (30) shot 3-for-14 from the sphere in Sport 6.
Corey Sipkin for the NY Put up

Randle and Barrett mixed for 26 inefficient factors, and simply 13 after the primary quarter.

Unsung Hero

Even in defeat, Brunson was good.

He grew to become the primary Knick since Patrick Ewing in 1990 to provide three consecutive 30-point playoff video games.

He had 41 factors on 14-for-22 taking pictures in 45 minutes, two days after not sitting for a second in a memorable 38-point exhibiting.

Key Stat

26.5 The taking pictures proportion for the Knicks — apart from Brunson — as they completed a brutal 13-for-49.

— Zach Braziller