Crawford paces Knicks past Heat
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 19
points, as the New York Knicks routed the Miami Heat, 100-76, at American
Steve Francis scored 14 points for the Knicks, who won their second straight.
Eddy Curry scored 13 points and David Lee added 12.
“It was nice to come here and get a win,” New York coach Isiah Thomas said. “I
thought our team played with great intensity, great energy and great
Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and dished out six assists for the Heat, who have
lost three straight at home. Udonis Haslem posted 13 points and eight rebounds
and Gary Payton added 12 points.
The Heat shot a season-low 29-for-80 (36.3 percent) from the field, and had to
do without All-Star center Shaquille O’Neal, who will be sidelined for the
next 4-to-6 weeks due to cartilage damage in his left knee. O’Neal has a
flap tear in the articular cartilage of his knee, which he suffered in
Sunday’s game against Houston.
“If Shaquille O’Neal was playing tonight, it would have been a different
game,” Thomas said.
Miami guard Jason Williams was active for the first time this
season, after having undergone arthroscopic knee surgery on July 21st, and
scored eight points on 3-of-8 shooting.
Leading 54-49 at halftime, New York exploded on a 24-6 run to open the third
capped by a Quentin Richardson dunk with 3:52 remaining, and led 88-63 heading
into the fourth. Miami managed to outscore New York by just a point in the
New York closed the first quarter on a 15-2 run — snapped by a Williams
three- pointer at the buzzer — for a 31-22 lead heading into the second, in
which Miami trimmed four points off its deficit to trail by five at halftime.
“I felt like we really made a huge step as far as playing as a team and
learning how to win as a team,” Curry said. “We went out there and we shared
the ball and everybody had a great night.”
Richardson had a season-high tying 11 rebounds…Miami swept the 2005-06
series with the Knicks by a 3-0 count and had a seven-game win streak
snapped…New York leads the overall series 47-30.