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Crawford scored 13 points in the first quarter, helping the Knicks take a 28-27 lead. New York trailed by three midway through the second, then used a 19-3 run over the 5 minutes to build a 56-42 cushion.
Beasley's 3-point cut the Knicks' 60-45 halftime lead to 10 with 8:21 left in the third, but New York scored 13 straight over the next 4:20 for an 84-61 bulge.
Daequan Cook helped make it a close finish, making three 3-pointers and finishing with 13 points for the Heat.
Notes: The Heat also had two rookies in their opening night lineup in 1988: Rony Seikaly and Kevin Edwards. ... The Knicks opened a season at home for first time since Oct. 29, 2003. ... Knicks rookie Danilo Gallinari, the No. 6 pick, made his debut late in the first quarter after missing the entire preseason schedule while recovering from a back injury.
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