Jimmy Butler led the Miami Heat to a 108-101 victory against the New York Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Miami Heat: The Heat are the No. 8 seed and defeated the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.

Butler had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the No. 8-seeded Heat kept rolling after barely reaching the postseason.

Gabe Vincent scored 20 points for the Heat, who became the sixth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 when they toppled Milwaukee in the first round.

The Knicks were without All-Star forward Julius Randle because of a sprained left ankle and they surely missed him when the transition points dried up and it became a half-court game.

RJ Barrett scored 26 points and Jalen Brunson had 25 for the fifth-seeded Knicks, who are in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

The Heat fell behind by 12 points in the second quarter but gradually narrowed the deficit and eventually took the lead.

Heat gradually narrowed the deficit before halftime, blew by the Knicks with a 21-5 run in the third quarter and pulled away to a double-digit lead in the fourth.

Knicks could've used his shooting on a day they went 7 for 34 behind the arc, missing a chance to break open the game early and then hindering any chances of coming back.

The Heat eventually got the Madison Square Garden crowd quieter and quieter as the game went on. Game 2 is Tuesday night.