Sunday , Jan , 25 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Team Report – January 25

=== New York Knicks Team Report – January 25 ===

(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks dropped their first game at home
under new head coach Lenny Wilkens on Saturday with an 85-77 setback at the
hands of the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden.

Michael Doleac had a season-high 18 points off the bench for the Knicks, who
lost for the second time in six games. Anfernee Hardaway also had 16 points in
a reserve role, while Stephon Marbury was held to just four points although he
did have a game-high eight assists.

Miami used a 10-1 rally in the last 3:04 to clinch the victory. After Kurt
Thomas’ layup gave the Knicks a 76-75 lead with just under four minutes left,
Eddie Jones hit a jumper to put the Heat up 77-76.

Lamar Odom responded with a basket to put Miami ahead 79-76 with 2:25 left.
After both teams turned it over, Marbury and Hardaway both failed in their
attempts to tie it with shots from long range.

Keith Van Horn’s free throw with just over a minute left got the Knicks back
to 81-77, but Brian Grant hit a jumper from the corner with 40 seconds left,
essentially closing the door on any chances for a New York comeback.

The Knicks return to action on Tuesday against San Antonio.