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Shaq being fouled by the whole army (AP Photo)
Shaq being fouled by the whole army (AP Photo)
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 president.

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 see."

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."


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.

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