By Michael T. Lyle, Jr., Knicks Fan since '93
Jeremy Tyler: 18 points (8-of-12 shooting), 8 rebounds, 1 assist
Tyler provided the offensive spark for a Knicks' squad that was missing Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Iman Shumpert from the lineup. Even as the Heat were finding their touch from the perimeter, Tyler created scoring opportunities in the paint and effectively crashed the boards. He finished the first half with eight points, while making all four of his shots from the field, and added a couple of highlight reel dunks in the half to add to a solid outing on Wednesday.
Jerome Jordan: 10 points (4-of-9 shooting), 9 rebounds
Playing over 22 minutes on Wednesday, Jordan picked up his offensive production in the second half and also created second chance opportunities for the Knicks with his rebounding prowess. He complemented Tyler nicely by breaking down the Miami defense and capitalizing in the paint. Believe it or not, his plus/minus of -28 was a good relative to the rest of the team.
Eloy Vargas: 7 points (2-of-4 shooting)
The box score may not show it, but Vargas deserves a ton of credit for making the most of the opportunity while he was on the court for a little over 12 minutes. The former Kentucky product showed off some of his long-range perimeter shooting and for a Knicks team that thrived on the 3-point shot for most of last season, Vargas was worth noticing in limited action on Wednesday.