NBA Game Summary - New York at Miami
(Wednesday, March 12th)
Final Score: New York 91, Miami 88
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford scored 23 points as the New York Knicks halted a seven-game losing streak by topping Miami, 91-88, at American Airlines Arena.
Zach Randolph poured in 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who were victorious for the first time since a 113-89 triumph over Charlotte on February 27.
"We want to try to win every basketball game," said Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas.
Ricky Davis had 27 points for the Heat, who have lost six in a row and nine of 11 and sport the NBA's worst record at 11-52. Shawn Marion posted a double- double with 15 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
The team announced Wednesday that Dwyane Wade, who is out for the remainder of the season, underwent shock wave therapy on his left knee on Tuesday. The 20-minute procedure was performed by Heat physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick. Wade will be limited to passive exercise for the first 30 days and then he can slowly resume basketball-related activities.
Randolph's basket a little less than four minutes into the third boosted the Knicks to a seven-point bulge, 55-48. Though Miami closed within three on a Davis make a little more than two minutes later, New York expanded its edge to nine on a Crawford trey before taking a 72-65 lead into the final period.
The Knicks began the fourth with a 7-0 run to take a 14-point lead on Crawford's rainbow three and maintained control until Marion's running layup with 3:15 to go pulled the Heat within 84-81.
From there, Nate Robinson and Crawford were solid from the line to clinch the victory.
"We got stops," Randolph said. "Everybody contributed tonight. Nate had a great game and Jamal had a great game."
Miami began the game with a 14-2 burst, but a Crawford running layup at the end of the first quarter solidified a 13-4 New York run to end the quarter tied 24-24.
The game was tight throughout the second quarter, and the Heat gained a five- point edge late. Crawford then hit consecutive shots to bring the Knicks within 45-44 at the break.
"This is an opportunity for other guys, to come in and get some experience," said Davis of Wade's absence and the team's decline opening the door for young players to prove themselves. "It's tough being in this type of situation, but it is what it is."
New York has won five of the seven meetings over the last two years, with one more matchup between the clubs on March 26 at Madison Square Garden...Davis posted 27 points for the third game in a row, the second time in his career he has accomplished the feat...Mark Blount grabbed 12 boards for Miami, while Crawford and Davis led all players with five assists.
03/12 23:05:46 ET