Sunday , Mar , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks host surging Heat at MSG

(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat will try for their fifth straight win
tonight when they continue a four-game road trip against the New York Knicks
at Madison Square Garden.

Dwyane Wade posted 15 points, Shaquille O’Neal and Antoine Walker each added
13 points and Jason Williams and Gary Payton finished with 12 points apiece in
an 85-84 win over Chicago on Saturday.

The Heat have won 14 of their last 15 games and currently own the second seed
in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Miami has won five straight on the
road and is 18-14 as the guest this season.

After Sunday’s tilt with the Knicks, Miami will visit Minnesota and Detroit.

Meanwhile, the Knicks have won two in a row and four of six, including
Friday’s improbable win over the Pistons.

Jamal Crawford knocked down a jump shot with 2.2 seconds remaining in the game
to lift New York over the NBA’s top team, 105-103, at Madison Square Garden.

Crawford ended with 18 points for the Knicks, who overcame a 16-point deficit
to win their second straight contest. Eddy Curry added 16 points and 11
rebounds for New York, which celebrated its biggest win of the season in green
uniforms that were donned in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

The Knicks are 2-1 on their current five-game homestand and 13-19 at Madison
Square Garden this season. They will close out the stand versus Toronto on
Tuesday.

Sunday’s matchup is the third and final meeting of the season between Miami
and New York.

The Heat have won six in a row and seven of eight against New York, including
a 107-94 decision on November 28 and a 103-83 triumph on February 22 this
season.

Miami has won four straight and six of its last eight trips to the Big Apple.

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