88 - 93 Final
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Knicks come alive late to nip slumping Heat

Jan 28, 2011 - 8:25 AM New York, NY (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire scored 24 points and Danilo Gallinari had 20, including a pair of threes down the stretch that helped the New York Knicks rally for a 93-88 victory Thursday over Miami.

Landry Fields added 19 points, also hitting a pair of threes during a 21-12 run in the final eight minutes as the Knicks captured their second straight win on the heels of a six-game slide.

Dwyane Wade had 34 points and 16 rebounds to lead Miami and LeBron James scored 24 with 11 boards, but the Heat fell for the fifth time in their last six games.

Wade and James were named starters for the Eastern Conference All-Star team earlier on Thursday.

But they went cold down the stretch, playing mostly one-on-one basketball, and the Knicks capitalized with timely shooting before icing the game at the foul line.

New York bounced back from two losses to the Heat last month -- a 113-91 drubbing at Madison Square Garden on December 17 and a 106-98 setback in Miami on December 28.

"The first game we played well in the first half, the second game we played well in the second half," said Stoudemire. "Tonight we put a total 40-minute game together and got the win."

Wade wore tinted glasses to help alleviate the effect of light on his eyes as he continues to deal with symptoms from the migraine headache that kept him out of Saturday's win over Toronto.

(The original goggles Wade wanted to wear were ruled illegal by the NBA.)

But while Wade was spectacular from the field for most of the game, shooting 14-of-22, he went just 6-for-14 on free throws and was a non-factor in the fourth quarter, missing all seven of his shots.

Wade's foul shot struggles took center stage in the fourth quarter just before the Knicks took the lead with a brief 5-0 burst. He was just 1-for-3 on two trips to the line, missing the last two while Miami had a 74-72 lead.

Moments later, Wade found Mario Chalmers beneath the basket with a one-handed length-of-the court pass from New York's end, leading to a four-point Heat advantage.

But Miami continued to misfire in a traditional half-court offense. Gallinari seized the opportunity to give the Knicks the lead, scoring five straight points, including a three that made it 77-76 New York with 5:20 remaining.

It remained close for the next several minutes. Fields hit a three-pointer to give the Knicks an 80-78 lead, and James later scored four straight points on a pair of free throws and a driving layup to move Miami ahead by one.

But Gallinari and Fields his back-to-back threes to give New York the lead for good at 89-84 with 49.2 seconds left. James kept Miami close, scoring on two straight drives to the net, but Raymond Felton made four consecutive free throws to ice the win for the Knicks.

"They made the plays to win the game," said Wade.

The Heat, who have also lost to the LA Clippers, Denver, Chicago and Atlanta during their recent spell, shot 5-of-21 as a team in the fourth quarter and just 42 percent for the game.

The Knicks shot 36 percent in the game and squandered an eight-point lead in the first quarter to trail 24-23 at the buzzer.

A back-and-forth second quarter left the Heat with a 48-46 lead at halftime and they carried a 73-64 lead into the fourth.

Game Notes

Stoudemire was also named an All-Star starter Thursday...James Jones added 15 points for the Heat...Miami played without Chris Bosh (ankle) again...Celebrities in the crowd included Howard Stern, singer Alicia Keys and regular Spike Lee.