Heat guard Tyler Johnson on working out after Knicks loss, ‘It’s just something I needed to do for me’

Miami’s Tyler Johnson attempts to steal the ball from New York’s Sasha Vujacic in Miami’s loss to the Knicks on Friday. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

MIAMI – Tyler Johnson needed to release the stress and there was only one way he knew how.

So minutes after missing three fourth quarter free throws in Friday’s 98-94 loss to the Knicks, Tyler, James Johnson and Rodney McGruder walked through the Heat locker room and up the stairs to the practice court.

“I didn’t want to take that home with me,” Tyler said today. “I had to come upstairs. I’m fortunate to have people on my team who wanted to come up here and get better with me. I just had to come here and release some stress … It’s just something I needed to do for me.

Tyler was the Heat’s most efficient player in the final 12 minutes, scoring eight points while making 3-of-4 shots. He and James Johnson played the entire quarter. He fnished with 15 points.

But with 8:54 to play, Tyler hit a jumper to tie the score at 83 and was fouled. This play was significant for two reasons: It would be Miami’s last field goal until McGruder scored with 1:19 to play and one of the few times Miami would have a chance to pull ahead in the final 12 minutes.

But Tyler missed the free throw. He then missed 1 of 2 with 2:10 to play and 33 seconds remaining.

“You just don’t take it home with you because it’s not fair to take to your family,” he said. “You put so much of your energy and effort into the game and it doesn’t go the way you want it to, it’s easy to be frustrated and then it starts taking over other parts of your life.”

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The three players put themselves though a workout. McGruder likely dwelling on his 1-of-6 performance from beyond the 3-point line and James Johnson presumably not happy with his 3-of-10 night from the floor. McGruder finished the game with 11 points, James Johnson with 12.

“I thought down the stretch we were getting good shots,” Tyler said. “A couple of them didn’t fall. As the game was getting tighter and tighter, you start trying to will it on your own instead of continue to trust.”

Coach Erik Spoelstra, though, was not unhappy with the shot selection.

“I actually thought the looks last night were very good,” he said. “And even our drive and kick game looked more like us. We just missed most of those.”

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