MIAMI, Jan. 5 (Ticker) -- Shaquille O'Neal
prevented the Miami Heat
from hitting the road with sour tastes in their mouths.
In their first game since having their franchise-record 14-game
winning streak snapped, the Heat got a huge effort from their
superstar center and rolled to a 102-94 triumph over the New
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O'Neal had 33 points and 18 rebounds as Miami (26-8) bounced
back from a 98-96 loss to Seattle on Monday. Dwyane Wade
21 points as the Heat improved to 14-4 at home this season and
20-2 against the Eastern Conference.
"My thing has always been to never ever lose two in a row,"
O'Neal said. "Every team I've played on I've tried to instill
that attitude in my teammates."
"Shaq was overwhelming tonight and he helped us get back on
track by getting deep and hitting key shots for us down the
stretch," Heat guard Eddie Jones
Miami kicks off a stretch of five road games in eight days
beginning Friday in Portland. Stops in Seattle and Phoenix are
included on the swing.
"It's always good to get one like that after a tough loss, but
especially when you're about to go on a very long road trip
against very tough teams," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy
"They played well and moved the ball around great," Knicks coach
said. "They were coming off as loss and needed
this one badly."
Former Knick Shandon Anderson
had 12 points off the bench.
"It's all about capturing something positive when you're about
to go on the road and we not only accomplished that but rebuilt
our confidence after a difficult game two days ago," Anderson
"You have to have these getaway games and get back into a rhythm
heading out west," Jones added.
scored 28 points and Kurt Thomas
added 23 for
the Knicks (16-16), who fell to .500 for the first time since
"We knew we had to come in and play an exceptional game to beat
them," said Thomas, who scored nine in the fourth quarter to
keep the Knicks in the game. "They're got a great team and a
great bunch of guys in that locker room. They're very
Wade capped an 11-4 burst that bridged the first and second
quarter and gave the Heat with a 30-21 advantage. He had nine
assists and is averaging 26.5 points over his last four games.
"He exemplifies a good listener, but that's what all these guys
are about," O'Neal said. "That's why we're able to bounce back
because we have guys who are dedicated. We have a lot of
Miami led by as many as 16 points in the second quarter and held
a 50-39 edge at the half.
The Knicks, who had won four of their five previous meetings
with the Heat, never got closer than the final margin in the