It’s back to the drawing board for the Knicks after an agonizing 48 minutes, where every bounce, shot, and call went the Heat’s way in Game 3.

The Knicks struggled to find their footing, while the Heat imposed themselves from opening tip, racing to an early double-digit lead and hanging on for a 105-86 win. Miami now leads the series, 2-1.

The Knicks made the score a bit more respectable towards the end, as they cut the deficit to as low as 13 against Miami second-stringers, prompting Erik Spoelstra to put Jimmy Butler and other starters back into the game to preserve the win. Outside of that, Miami outplayed New York in nearly every facet of the game, as the series headed to South Beach after a split at Madison Square Garden.

Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson struggled from opening tip, while Miami had no problems getting started. Jimmy Butler didn’t seem hampered by a bad ankle, and Max Strus gave Miami an early boost to help the Heat grab the lead right away.

The cold-shooting wasn’t limited to the Knicks’ stars, as the Knicks’ struggles from the three-point line set them back once again. New York shot just 8-of-40 (20.0%) as a team for the entire game form long range. Immanuel Quickley made a pair of threes in the first half, which were the only Knicks first-half three-pointers.

Turnovers also proved to be an issue. The Heat only had four first-half turnovers, while the Knicks gave away some easy points off turnovers as Miami capitalized in transition.

Defensively, the Knicks had their moments, but when the Heat had their scoring flurries, New York felt a step behind Miami’s ball movement or a tad too slow when it came to sealing the lane for drives to the basket. The Heat also struggled from the three-point line, shooting 7-of-32 (21.9%) as a team from the perimeter, but they seemed to make the timely threes to extend their runs or after winning a 50-50 ball.

The Knicks trailed 58-44 at the half, after Randle made a stepback shot moments before the buzzer. It was initially ruled a three, but later changed to a deep two-pointer after review.

It didn’t take long for the Knicks’ misfortunes to resume. Mitchell Robinson was tagged with his fourth foul in the opening minutes of the second half, and he never returned for the remainder of the game. Brunson was able to overcome his slow start, and eventually led the Knicks with a team-high 20 points, but he failed to hit a single three-point shot.

There were also a few moments where the Knicks showed improvement offensively, but it was short-lived, especially once Robinson got his fourth foul. From there, the Heat pushed their lead into the twenties, and even led by as much as 22 at one point of the game.

To make matters worse, Immanuel Quickley was taken out from underneath midway through the fourth quarter, as Bam Adebayo dove for a loose ball. Quickley hit the floor and initially appeared to hurt his knee. After the game, Tom Thibodeau stated that Quickley has a sprained ankle, but the Knicks will know more on Sunday after further review

Butler led the way with 28 points on 9-of-21 shooting. He shot 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Strus finished with 19 points. Bam Adebayo was also a nuisance for the Knicks in the post, adding a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double in the winning effort.

Kyle Lowry led the Heat’s bench, which outscored the Knicks bench overall, 32-25. Lowry had 14 points and four assists.

For the Knicks, Brunson finished with 20 points, six boards and eight assists. Josh Hart was right behind with a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double. RJ Barrett had 14 points. Quickley was the lone bright spot off the bench before exiting the game, finishing with 12 points.

Randle finished with 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting, with 14 rebounds, two assists and four turnovers in the loss.

The Knicks will look to even up the series in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, which is scheduled for Monday night in Miami at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on TV.