Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Thursday, November 15th
Game 2: Sunday, February 3rd
Game 3: Thursday, February 28th
Game 4: Sunday, April 14th

Heat 94

(18-28, 10-15 away)

Knicks 83

(18-27, 12-11 home)

    12:00 PM ET, February 3, 2002

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 23 17 29 2594
    NY 24 20 19 2083

    Top Performers

    Mia: A. Mourning 21 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    NY: A. Houston 28 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Heat continue roll with win over Knicks

    NEW YORK (AP) -- With the way things are going, they won't be called the last-place Miami Heat for much longer.

    Alonzo Mourning

    Alonzo Mourning scored 21 points as the Heat continue to make progress since a 2-14 start.

    After spending nearly the entire season in the Atlantic Division cellar, the Heat took another step Sunday toward shedding that distasteful distinction.

    Alonzo Mourning scored 21 points, Eddie Jones had 18, and Jim Jackson 15 as Miami beat New York 94-83, moving within a half-game of the sixth-place Knicks.

    "It's the worst," Jones said. "I don't think any player wants to look in the newspaper and see that you're in the cellar. That's embarrassing. People look at you like, 'Y'all are terrible.' You don't want to deal with that."

    The Heat went 2-14 over the first five weeks of the season, but they have turned things around since early January with victories in 10 of their last 12 games.

    Miami (18-28) has one game remaining before the All-Star break, against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Their schedule over the second half of the season is relatively easy, with no long road trips to the West, seven of their final 10 games at home and no road trips longer than one game after March 6.

    Currently 12th in the conference, they have a legitimate chance to qualify for the postseason. Pat Riley has never missed the playoffs in his 19 seasons as an NBA coach.

    "All of us were pretty much desperate trying to turn it around. It's still not turned around -- 10 games under .500 -- but we're making progress," Riley said. "We have to jump over teams. There's about a half-dozen teams that are fighting for the last two spots, so we have to win these kinds of games to get back in the race."

    The Heat scored eight unanswered points late in the third quarter as part of a 23-10 run that gave them the lead for good, and the Knicks got little from anyone other than Allan Houston in the fourth quarter as they lost their second in a row.

    Houston scored 28, and Kurt Thomas had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who will be without Marcus Camby for at least three weeks. Camby bruised his right hip Friday at Indiana.

    Clarence Weatherspoon replaced Camby in the starting lineup, with Thomas moving from power forward to center. Weatherspoon grabbed 16 rebounds but shot just 2-for-11.

    "We took advantage of him not being their inside presence," Mourning said. "When somebody's out, you try to strategize the best you can to take advantage."

    Rod Strickland scored 14, and Jackson helped give Miami a 30-8 edge in bench scoring.

    Reserve Eddie House scored seven, including five in a row midway through the fourth quarter to give Miami its first double-digit lead, 80-70.

    New York pulled within four as Houston scored six straight points, but Strickland answered with a jumper to end the run. After Houston hit another jumper, Miami scored six points from the foul line in an 8-2 run that clinched the victory.

    "We have a lot of veterans and we have a lot of pride," Jones said. "To start out like that (2-14), being the worst team in the league -- I just think pride came into effect."

    Game notes
    The loss was the 400th of Don Chaney's coaching career. He is 8-18 with the Knicks this season. ... Jones had to leave the court twice, once to vomit after getting hit in the groin, another time after being poked in the eye. Strickland vomited into a towel during a fourth-quarter timeout after he ran into Othella Harrington. ... The Knicks dropped to 25-6 in regular-season meetings with the Heat at Madison Square Garden. ... Miami had only six turnovers. ... New York's Latrell Sprewell was hampered by a sore ankle. He scored 16 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 83
    FGM-FGA 34-81 (.420) 30-77 (.390)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 22-26 (.846) 18-23 (.783)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-47 7-40
    Assists 18 19
    Turnovers 6 10
    Steals 2 4
    Blocks 4 1
    Fast Break Points 0 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Alonzo Mourning Mourning
    Points: 21
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Allan Houston Houston
    Points: 28
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1