37-14, 17-9 away
19-30, 12-12 home

Wade gives Marbury the shake-n-bake

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dwyane Wade was being dared to drive to his

left, so that's exactly what he did -- with flair.

Wade dribbled the ball between his legs three times before

darting around Stephon Marbury and making a layup, easily the

prettiest play of overtime in the Miami Heat's 116-110 victory over

the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

"He tried to force me to go to the big man, so I attacked the

big man," Wade said. "I think I scored on that play."

Indeed he did, giving the Heat a 105-99 lead that the Knicks

never recovered from.

Wade tied a franchise record by scoring 10 points in overtime,

finishing with 30 points, six assists and six rebounds. Damon Jones

added a season-high 24 points and Shaquille O'Neal had 16 points

and 13 rebounds as Miami won its fourth straight.

"Nice to know on the road we don't need (O'Neal) and Dwyane to

be magnificent," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Marbury led a fourth-quarter comeback and scored 36 points for

the Knicks, who lost for the 17th time in their past 20 games.

Displaying the one quality -- a refusal to quit -- that team

president Isiah Thomas considered praiseworthy after a 1-5 road

trip, the Knicks rallied behind Marbury with a 13-2 run in the

final 3:53 of regulation.

But New York had a bad possession in the final seconds of the

fourth quarter and never led in overtime.

"We just haven't been doing it," Marbury said. "There's no

explanation for it. You have to do it."

Prior to the game, Thomas held a 20-minute news conference in

which he reiterated that he isn't interested in coaching the

Knicks, saying his job is to lead the organization as the team


He also said he was flattered by Phil Jackson expressing

interest in possibly becoming the Knicks' head coach but cautioned

that the task of turning the franchise around will be a "long,

slow, tedious process."

Miami made five 3-pointers in the first quarter and led 53-47 at

halftime despite O'Neal scoring just six points. Miami's lead

fluctuated between 15 and four in the third quarter, and the Heat

stayed ahead until Tim Thomas hit a 3-pointer for a 92-92 tie with

1:57 remaining.

It was 95-95 when Kurt Thomas grabbed an offensive rebound with

25 seconds left. The Knicks let the clock run down but could not

manage a decent attempt, with Kurt Thomas' 22-footer failing to hit

the rim.

That left Miami with 2.2 seconds to get off a final shot, but

Eddie Jones missed a 17-footer to send the game to overtime.

"A lot of times in this league you can give up the lead like

that and just die, and we didn't do that," Van Gundy said.

Miami improved the Eastern Conference's best record to 37-14.

"We're a little bit ahead of schedule," O'Neal said. "It's

still a little to early to have that feeling. I don't know if we're

going to be a prime contender or not."

Isiah Thomas, just back from a scouting trip to Spain and Italy,

watched tapes of several of the Knicks' games from their six-game

road trip.

"I'm definitely disappointed with our record, but I'm not

disappointed with our effort or with the fight in our guys. There

was a competitive spirit that I was very pleasantly surprised to


Isiah Thomas even tried to put a positive spin on the Knicks'

chemistry issues, including a recent heated argument on the bench

between Marbury and Kurt Thomas, along with a scuffle at practice

between Kurt Thomas and Bruno Sundov.

"Those are positive things, because our guys are getting sick

and tired of losing, and frustration is setting in," Isiah Thomas

said. "At some point in time, those 12 men in the locker room have

to bond."Game notes
New York C Nazr Mohammed limped off with a strained right

groin with 1:19 left in overtime. "I'm hoping that with a day of

treatment and working on it I'll be all right for Friday," he

said. ... Knicks coach Herb Williams did not sound hopeful that G

Jamal Crawford, out with a sprained left ankle, would be ready

Friday night at Boston. ... Courtside celebrities included rapper

Ja Rule, heiress Paris Hilton and hockey player Mark Messier. The

latter two shook hands and had a brief conversation.