NBA Game Summary - New York at Miami
(Wednesday, January 5th)
Final Score: Miami 102, New York 94
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Shaquille O'Neal had 33 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Miami Heat to a 102-94 win over the New York Knicks at American Airlines Arena.
Dwyane Wade added 21 points and nine assists for the Heat, who rebounded from a loss at home to Seattle on Monday to record their 15th win in 16 outings.
"[Head coach] Stan [Van Gundy] told me before the game he needed 30 and 15 out of me," said O'Neal on his secodn 30-15 game of the season.
Stephon Marbury had 28 points and eight assists for the Knicks, who have dropped two in a row after winning three straight. Kurt Thomas added 23 points and 12 boards for New York.
Miami built a 24-19 lead after one quarter and continued to increase its advantage in the second. Leading 30-24 two minutes into the stanza, the Heat went on a 9-3 burst to extend to a 39-29 lead. O'Neal's free throw with just under five minutes left ended the run and Miami managed to increase its lead to 50-39 going into the break.
In the third, consecutive buckets on ensuing possessions by O'Neal and Wade increased a 58-48 lead to 60-48. Miami kept its distance from there, going into the fourth ahead 74-62.
The Knicks got within 88-79 more than midway through the final frame but Miami preserved the victory in the first meeting of the season between these two clubs.
"[Shaquille O'Neal] demands so much attention," said Marbury, "that it's hard to watch Dwyane, Eddie [Jones] and all their other guys."
Miami, which has not lost consecutive games since November 11-12, improved to a league-best 20-2 versus conference foes, having won 11 straight against the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks lost on Tuesday night at home against the Sacramento Kings, 105-94. The club travels to Cleveland on Saturday to end a two-game road trip.
Before the game, the Knicks placed guard Penny Hardaway on the injured list with a strained right hamstring...He returns to the IL four days after coming off with the same injury...New York did not replace Hardaway on the active roster...New York's Mike Sweetney missed the game with a sprained right ankle...O'Neal recorded his second 30-15 games of the season...Miami ended a three-game homestand 2-1.
01/05 23:03:01 ET