NBA Game Summary - New York at Miami
(Sunday, April 12th)
Final Score: Miami 122, New York 105
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade's career-high 55 points fell one shy of matching the franchise scoring record for a single game and helped the Heat crush the Knicks, 122-105, as Miami secured the Eastern Conference's fifth seed.
Wade failed to tie Glen Rice's franchise record of 56 points in one game, set on April 15, 1995 against Orlando. Wade's effort, though, was an AmericanAirlines Arena record.
"I wasn't aware of it and I didn't care for it," said Wade of the record. "This was about clinching a (fifth seed) playoff berth tonight."
Wade also hit a career-high six three-pointers (6-for-12) for the Heat, who snapped a two-game slide and will draw the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. Michael Beasley tied a career-high with 28 points and set a career mark with 16 rebounds. Mario Chalmers donated 15 points and nine assists in the win.
"He just has a remarkable way of rising to the occasion," said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra of Wade. "Today he had open looks at the three-point like and he goes 6-for-12. But also there were some key ones in a row, where it kind of distanced us there in the third quarter when it was going back and forth."
Jermaine O'Neal, who left in the second quarter with a strained calf, had four points and as many boards in 13:20 of action.
Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington gave 21 points each for the Knicks, who have dropped seven of their last nine games. Quentin Richardson totaled 14 points and David Lee 11 with 11 boards. Jared Jeffries and Larry Hughes both had 10 points in the setback.
"We didn't get stops and we didn't move the basketball on the offensive end," said Hughes. "We missed shots. We didn't get any easy looks. We didn't get quality possessions, we struggled."
The Heat led, 37-26, after the first quarter, but the Knicks took the lead, 65-63, at the break.
With Miami trailing by a point, Yakhouba Diawara and Wade drained a three- pointer apiece to give the home team a 77-72 lead with 7:46 left in the third.
Moments later, Chris Duhon's three and Jeffries' layup closed it to 80-79. Miami opened a 97-91 lead headed to the fourth.
Jeffries' jumper and Chris Wilcox' dunk closed it to 101-97 early in the fourth. The Heat scored the next five points, four from Beasley and a free throw from Wade, and cruised the rest of the way.
It was Wade's third 50-plus point game this season...The Heat won the season series, 2-1...The Heat moved to 27-13 at home this season...New York will close out the season versus New Jersey on April 15...Miami will play at Atlanta on April 14 and close the season the following day at home against Detroit... These two teams came in having split the past 10 matchups in Miami...Spoelstra tied the franchise record for wins as a first-year coach. Current Heat President Pat Riley recorded 42 wins in his first year coaching Miami during the 1995-96 season, and former coach Stan Van Gundy also recorded 42 wins in his first season guiding the Heat during the 2003-04 season.
04/12 23:10:20 ET