Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Friday, November 17th
Game 2: Monday, January 22nd
Game 3: Friday, January 26th
Game 4: Monday, February 26th

Heat 96

(19-24, 9-14 away)

Knicks 116

(19-26, 11-13 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:30 PM ET, January 26, 2007

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 33 16 27 2096
    NY 27 38 31 20116

    Top Performers

    Mia: D. Wade 37 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    NY: J. Crawford 52 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Knicks get revenge on Heat, who lose fourth out of  five

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- This time, the Miami Heat were the ones with no answers. And Shaquille O'Neal has seen enough of that.

    Jamal Crawford connected on 16 straight shots from the field and scored a career-high 52 points, leading the New York Knicks to a 116-96 victory over the Heat on Friday night.

    Elias Says

    Jamal Crawford
    Jamal Crawford scored 52 points in only 39 minutes on Friday. It was the 14th time a Knicks player had a 50-point game, but only the third time one did it while playing fewer than 40 minutes. Richie Guerin had 57 points in 38 minutes in 1959 and Bernard King had 52 in 36 minutes in 1984.

    Crawford's 52 points were the second-most ever against the Heat; Willie Burton had 53 for the 76ers against Miami in 1994.

    Crawford now has more 50-point games (2) than all of the following combined: Paul Arizin, John Havlicek, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony. Of those players, only Pierce scored 50 or more points in an NBA game.

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    Four nights after the Knicks allowed 27 consecutive points in an embarrassing loss to a Miami team that was without Dwyane Wade and O'Neal, the Heat (19-24) were the helpless ones.

    "We have to take one game at a time and take care of business, and we haven't been doing that," O'Neal said. "We just have to step up and play. Everyone has to do their job and everybody has to want to be here and everybody has to want to play. I'm getting sick and tired of this. I've never been five games under .500 in my career. It's embarrassing."

    Crawford missed his first four shots, then didn't misfire again until 2:16 remained in the third quarter. The Knicks had a 20-point lead by then on their way to snapping a two-game skid.

    Crawford finished 20-of-30 from the field and 8-for-10 from 3-point range, helping the Knicks shoot 53.6 percent. He left to a standing ovation with 6:51 remaining, shortly after his final basket allowed him to surpass the 50-point performance he had for Chicago against Toronto on April 11, 2004.

    "The way how Jamal played tonight was incredible," Knicks guard Stephon Marbury said. "That was the best performance I've ever seen inside the Garden other than Michael Jordan."

    No player had made 16 consecutive attempts in a game in the last 10 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    "It felt great to get the win, more importantly," Crawford said. "They embarrassed us pretty good when we were down there. It looked good, like everything was almost going to go in."

    Wade scored 37 points for Miami, which lost for the fourth time in five games. O'Neal scored 11 in 15 minutes.

    O'Neal, in his second game back after missing 35 in a row because of knee surgery, rejoined the starting lineup -- Alonzo Mourning was inactive because of flulike symptoms. Starting point guard Jason Williams was limited to 21 minutes off the bench because of a sore left foot.

    O'Neal said perhaps it was time for him to start being harder on his teammates. Wade won't go that route, but sounded just as frustrated.

    "I'm not a motivator. I've never been. Anybody looking for me to come in and make a speech, it's not going to happen," Wade said. "I just try to go out there and play and hopefully my play speaks for itself.

    "Guys have to look at themselves in the mirror more than anything and come out and try to put their best foot forward. But I'm not a motivator, and that's not my job. My job is to go out there every night and prove and show my teammates what I'm going to bring to them. And that's why I try to do."

    Marbury returned from a sore knee and had a season-high 13 assists for the Knicks, but starting center Eddy Curry was sidelined after leaving Wednesday's loss to Phoenix with a strained left calf.

    Knicks coach Isiah Thomas kept Crawford in the starting lineup and moved Quentin Richardson to small forward, sending Jared Jeffries to the bench. Jeffries has been struggling, and Thomas has repeatedly been asked why he was keeping him in the lineup instead of David Lee.

    "I didn't want us to fall behind 10, 12 and lose confidence without Curry," Thomas said. "I wanted to make sure I had some more offensive punch on the floor."

    Crawford sparked the late first-half run that helped New York seize control, then never let Miami get close in third quarter by scoring 23 points, one shy of the Knicks' record. He hit his first eight 3-point attempts, finishing one shy of tying another New York record.

    Allan Houston had the last 50-point game by a Knicks player on March 16, 2003, against Milwaukee. The club record for consecutive field goals made is 19 by Johnny Newman, though not all in one game.

    New York got off to a much better start than it did Monday in Miami, when it trailed 40-12 after one quarter in a 101-83 loss. The Heat were up 44-42 after Antoine Walker's 3-pointer with 6:09 remaining in the second quarter, but that was their last field goal of the half.

    Crawford scored five quick points to give the Knicks the lead and spark a 23-5 run that he capped with a four-point play with 0.2 seconds remaining to send New York to the locker room with a 65-49 advantage.

    Game notes

    Wade and the Knicks' Nate Robinson will defend their titles on All-Star Saturday night. Robinson won the slam dunk contest last year and was invited back despite his 10-game suspension for his role in last month's brawl with the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. Wade was the champion in the Skills Challenge. ... The Heat had won five in a row at Madison Square Garden.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 116
    FGM-FGA 31-72 (.431) 45-84 (.536)
    3PM-3PA 7-22 (.318) 9-17 (.529)
    FTM-FTA 27-36 (.750) 17-21 (.810)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-39 9-44
    Assists 16 26
    Turnovers 15 16
    Steals 8 10
    Blocks 8 3
    Fast Break Points 6 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 25

    Top Performers

    New York
    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 37
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 52
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0