In 1999, the Miami HEAT made its third consecutive trip to the playoffs as Atlantic Division Champions. Miami faced the New York Knicks in the first round of the best-of-five playoff series but failed to advance as New York claimed a three games to two victory.
FIRST ROUND (NEW YORK-3, MIAMI-2)
Game 1 - May 8 (New York 95, Miami 75): New York took a 1-0 lead in the first-round playoff series with a 95-75 victory over the HEAT at Miami Arena. The Knicks came out strong, building an early 10-point lead with a 9-2 run to make the score 24-14 with 1:24 left in the first quarter. New York kept up the strong pace in the second quarter, with its lead reaching 17 points following a 10-2 run that made the score 48-31 with 1:14 left before halftime. The HEAT could not get into a flow and was unable to trim New York's lead to anything less than double figures in the second half. The Knicks went up by as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter. Alonzo Mourning had a strong game for the HEAT, recording a game-high 27 points and five blocks. Tim Hardaway (10 points) and Voshon Lenard (11 points) were the only other HEAT players to crack double-figure scoring. Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell both knocked down 22 points for New York, with Patrick Ewing pulling down 15 rebounds to lead the Knicks.
Game 2 - May 10 (Miami 83, New York 73): Miami rebounded from its Game One loss, coming out strong to defeat the Knicks, 83-73, in front of a sellout crowd of 15,200 at Miami Arena. The HEAT went up early, taking a 20-11 lead with 1:28 remaining in the first quarter following a 9-1 run. Miami used a 5-0 secondquarter run to build its lead to 14 at 42-28 with 2:39 left before the half. With the HEAT up 57-45, the Knicks made things close by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to cut the score to 59-55 with 1:00 left in the third quarter. But Miami scored the final four points of the third to regain its cushion. New York got no closer than eight points from that point on. Alonzo Mourning led the HEAT with 26 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and four blocks with Tim Hardaway matching New York's team total with 11 assists to lead the HEAT. Patrick Ewing recorded 16 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Knicks.
Game 3 - May 12 (New York 97, Miami 73): The HEAT became caught in a drought in the second and third quarters and never recovered in a 97-73 loss at New York. Miami scored 12 points in the second quarter and followed that with a HEAT playoff-record-tying low for points in a quarter with 11 in the third. The HEAT was outscored 53-23 spanning the second and third quarters. With the score tied at 37-37 with 3:34 left in the first half, the Knicks went on a 28-2 run to take a 65-39 lead with 5:21 left in the third quarter. Alonzo Mourning led the HEAT with 18 points, with Voshon Lenard coming off the bench to score 13. Latrell Sprewell paced the Knicks with a game-high 20 points.
Game 4 - May 14 (Miami 87, New York 72): An overwhelming fourth quarter by the HEAT put the Knicks away as Miami left New York with an 87-72 victory. Miami outscored the Knicks 29-10 in the decisive final period, including a 19-2 run that was capped by a Terry Porter shot, making the score 81-66 with 3:23 to go in the game. Miami held the Knicks to 2-13 field goal shooting (.154) in the fourth quarter. Alonzo Mourning recorded his first double-double of the 1999 NBA Playoffs with game-highs of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Porter (16 points) led Miami's bench effort that outscored the New York bench, 40-20. The HEAT turned the ball over just six times, a team playoff-record low. Allan Houston and Charlie Ward led the Knicks with 12 points apiece.
Game 5 - May 16 (New York 78, Miami 77): Allan Houston's short jumper with 0.8 seconds left in the game gave the Knicks a stunning 78-77 victory in the game and a 3-2 win in the series over the HEAT. Two free throws by Terry Porter put the HEAT in front 77-74 with 58.5 seconds left. After two Patrick Ewing free throws closed the gap, the Knicks came up with a steal to set up Houston's game-winning shot. After Porter knocked the ball out of bounds with under five seconds to play, Houston took the inbounds pass and slipped between two defenders at the free throw line and leaned in and launched his off-balance shot, which bounced off the back rim and through the basket. A last-second shot by Porter did not fall at the buzzer. The game was back and forth for three quarters, with the fourth starting in a 60-60 tie. Following consecutive three-point shots by Dan Majerle and Voshon Lenard, the HEAT looked to be in command at 69-62 with 9:56 left. But the Knicks ran off seven straight points to tie the score. No team went up by more than two until the final minute of the game when the HEAT took a 77-74 lead. Alonzo Mourning led the HEAT with 21 points. P.J. Brown recorded a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Patrick Ewing paced the Knicks with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds.