NEW YORK (AP) -- Coming off one of the worst games of his young
career, Dwyane Wade studied video, made adjustments and took it to
the New York Knicks.
Wade had 30 points, nine assists and five rebounds to help the
Miami Heat beat the Knicks 111-100 on Sunday night.
"He's methodical. He really took in the film today," Heat
coach Pat Riley said. "He slowed down a little bit tonight. He
really took a look at the defense and did a good job."
Wade had 15 points on 1-for-8 shooting Saturday in an 85-84 win
"I tried to bounce back," Wade said. "Every time I have a bad
game I just put the effort forward to make plays."
Miami has won five straight and 15 of 16 to improve to 45-21.
With Chicago's loss Sunday afternoon, the Heat clinched a playoff
"We still have a lot of games left, but we're happy about
that," Wade said.
Wade scored 16 points in the third quarter on a series of
acrobatic moves and dunks. He was 5-for-5 from the field in the
period, including an alley-oop dunk off a half-court pass from
Jason Williams that gave the Heat a 72-63 lead.
Williams had 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Miami,
which has won its last six games away from home. The Heat are in
the midst of four road games in five days. They beat Chicago on
Saturday and play Minnesota and Detroit before heading home.
A night after struggling from the field against Chicago, the
Heat shot 54 percent (40-for-74) against New York.
"They shoot 55 percent, it's going to be a tough night,"
Knicks coach Larry Brown said.
Shaquille O'Neal scored 18 points, but was 0-for-6 from the foul
line and was limited by foul trouble. His backup, Alonzo Mourning,
was a force on the defensive end for Miami, recording eight blocked
"Alonzo had a huge impact on the game defensively," Riley
said. "I think he gave us the defensive lift when we needed it."
New York (19-46) saw its two-game winning streak stopped. The
Knicks were trying to win three straight games for the first time
since winning six in a row from Jan. 2-13.
"We definitely are playing better, but still have lapses,"
said Eddy Curry, who led the Knicks with 18 points. "We still have
a ways to go. As long as we go out with a high effort you never
Curry scored 14 of his points in the third quarter with O'Neal
on the bench.
"Everytime I got the ball I tried to make something happen,"
Miami led 49-46 at the half, but New York opened the third
quarter scoring five of the first seven points to tie the game at
51. The Heat then went on an 11-2 run with Williams and Wade
scoring all the points to take a 62-53 lead. New York closed within
four, but could get no closer as the Miami backcourt proved to be
New York was down by 11 in the first half, but used a 15-8 surge
to close within three at halftime.
O'Neal and Wade each had 12 for the Heat.
Knicks F Malik Rose sprained his right ankle with 2:50 left
in the second quarter when he planted awkwardly while going for an
offensive rebound. X-rays were negative, but he did not return. He
had two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes. ... Miami has won
seven straight over New York. ... Knicks G Quentin Richardson
missed his third straight game with a sprained left thumb. Brown
hopes to have him back for Tuesday's game with Toronto. "They got
him in a splint, he's hopeful he'll be back," Brown said. ...
Knicks C James also scored 13 points against Denver on March 13.
... Mourning had nine blocks against New York on Nov. 28.