NBA Game Summary - Miami at New York
(Wednesday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Miami 103, New York 83
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Williams tied a season-high with 24 points and added five assists en route to a 103-83 Miami Heat win at Madison Square Garden over the New York Knicks, who were without the services of their newly-acquired star guard.
Dwyane Wade also netted 24 points and added seven rebounds and five assists, as the Heat won their fourth straight game and for the ninth time in 11 contests.
Stephon Marbury returned to the lineup after an eight-game absence but finished with just seven points on 2-of-11 shooting for New York, which has lost 17 of its last 19 games. Marbury missed those eight games because of a shoulder ailment.
Earlier in the day, the Knicks obtained former All-Star Steve Francis from Orlando in exchange for guard Anfernee Hardaway and second- year forward Trevor Ariza. Francis was inactive for this game.
Rookie Channing Frye paced the Knicks with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Quentin Richardson had 14 points in defeat.
Miami sprinted out to a 26-18 first-quarter lead, and started the second frame on an 8-2 run to push its advantage to 14 points after Wade sank a pair of free throws.
Wade then scored seven consecutive points for his team in the latter stages of the second quarter to up that lead to 52-35.
Williams took over from there, hitting three free throws in the closing minutes and then a jumper at the buzzer that put Miami ahead 57-38 at the break.
"I was concerned about where we'd be, as I'm sure most coaches are coming back (from the All-Star break)," said Heat head coach Pat Riley. "We have one game in 10 days, and this was it. We started to play very well at the end of the (first) quarter."
Williams had 16 points and Wade 15 at intermission for the Heat, who shot 51.4 percent collectively from the floor to New York's 36.4 percent in the half.
The Knicks chipped away in the third and pulled to within 10, 65-55, with 5:36 remaining in the frame following an Eddy Curry dunk.
"We let those guys get back in the game a little bit. We have to play together for 48 minutes," Williams said.
Miami responded with a 13-3 charge, however -- capped by Udonis Haslem's driving layup -- that extended the Heat's lead to 20 points.
They would not be seriously threatened again for the remainder of the game.
Miami, which will now return home for two games, improved to 15-14 as the away team this season...New York, which will close a three-game homestand versus the New Jersey Nets on Friday, is 11-16 in its arena this season...Miami also defeated the Knicks earlier in the season and has won six straight and seven of the last eight meetings. The Heat have also had success in the Big Apple, where they have won four straight and six of their last eight.
02/22 23:50:53 ET