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Larry Hughes intercepted a pass at one end, dribbled the other way and spun a behind-the-back flip to Chris Wilcox -- who ran over Heat forward James Jones on his way to a three-point play that drew New York within 37-32 with 11:08 left in the half.
That was part of a big second quarter by the high-octane Knicks, who trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half before getting going.
New York managed only 17 points in the game's first 9 1/2 minutes, then put up a staggering 48 points in the next 14 1/2, taking a 65-63 lead into intermission. The Knicks shot 68 percent in the second quarter alone, with Harrington getting 15 points in one seven-minute stretch of the period.
And yet, they couldn't pull away, simply because they couldn't stop Wade.
Miami's MVP hopeful -- "MV3" they're now calling him, a nod to his jersey number -- had 27 points by halftime on 10-for-14 shooting, even though he spent the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second quarter on the bench.
Everything Wade shot seemed like it went in, even a behind-the-backboard attempt midway through the third quarter during a stoppage after a foul. It swished, didn't count, and the crowd cheered anyway.
Notes: Wade's big night got started with a 16-point first quarter, which was his highest-scoring period since putting up 19 in the first quarter against Phoenix on March 4. ... The Knicks finished with a 12-29 road record. ... Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano was courtside, a couple of seats away from the Heat bench. Actor Jeffrey Donovan, the star of "Burn Notice," was also in the crowd.
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