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Knicks send Heat to 13th loss in a row

January 20, 2008|From the Associated Press

MIAMI -- Jamal Crawford scored 22 points, Nate Robinson added 19 and the New York Knicks beat Miami, 88-84, sending the Heat to its 13th loss in a row, the longest streak in the league this season and the worst skid of Coach Pat Riley's career.

"It wasn't pretty," Knicks Coach Isiah Thomas said. "But we were able to grind, able to hang."

Able to win too, for the fourth time in five games -- while Miami continued to plunge.

Only the expansion Heat -- which lost its first 17 games of the 1988-89 season -- has dropped more in a row than this team, which won an NBA title a mere 19 months ago.

"Maybe we should hang some more pictures of that trophy somewhere, so we can remember what it felt like to be in that moment," Riley said. "We have to change the energy, somehow."

For the second consecutive game, a fourth-quarter collapse doomed Miami at home.

Miami led by 10 late in the third quarter and took a four-point lead into the fourth. The Heat was outscored, 16-8, over the final 6:44, missing nine of its final 12 shots.

Dwyane Wade led Miami with 22 points and nine assists. Udonis Haslem scored 11 points and Mark Blount and Shaquille O'Neal each scored 10 for the Heat.

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