The record will show that the Knicks’ season ended last night at American Airlines Arena. History will insist the end came in a mad flurry in the second half, when the Heat made one final push to topple the fragile visitors off the cliff, to end the competitive phase of the game – and the series – on their way to a 106-94 win.
Officially, the season ended just after 9:30 on the evening of May 9, 2012.
But the Knicks have to know better than that, if they’re going to be truthful to themselves, for they really did die a dozen different deaths across this season. There was Jan. 4, the night they handed the Bobcats one of their three road wins. There was Feb. 17, a loss (again at home) to the Hornets, and Feb. 20, when Deron Williams and the Nets crushed them, again at the Garden.