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Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011

Knicks hold off Heat

NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James kept missing, forcing Dwyane Wade to be practically perfect to keep Miami ahead.

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Time to give it up: New York's Wilson Chandler looks to pass around Miami's LeBron James in the first half on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks beat the Heat 93-88. AP PHOTO

Once Wade's hot streak ended, so did the Heat's dominance of the New York Knicks.

Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields made consecutive 3-pointers in the final 1:18, and the Knicks rallied to beat the Heat 93-88 on Thursday night.

"It's important for us mentally," Gallinari said. "We lost two times against them and we wanted to get this win. Now we know we can beat them. It was an important win."

Amare Stoudemire scored 24 points for the Knicks, when he was often the only one in a white jersey to make a shot for three quarters. But Gallinari was huge in the fourth, when New York finally contained Wade after he was 14 of 15 through 36 minutes.

Gallinari finished with 20 points and Fields added 19 points and 13 rebounds to help the Knicks win their second straight after a six-game skid.

Wade, fighting migraines that forced him to wear goggles, had 34 points and 16 rebounds, but missed all seven shots in the fourth quarter. James was 7 of 24 for his 24 points.

"When I came back in, I trusted my teammates. I got off the ball, gave guys shots. They just didn't go down," Wade said. "Kind of got out of a rhythm there for a while — doing what I was supposed to do. I was playing kind of point guard at the time so I was facilitating, got some good shots; just didn't go in. Before that I was really aggressive. I was playing a different role."

The Heat, playing without Chris Bosh because of a sprained left ankle, lost for the fifth time in six games. They managed only 15 points in the fourth quarter as their seven-game winning streak against the Knicks was snapped.

James tried to pull it out for the Heat, scoring four straight points to put them up 84-83 with 1:32 to go.

Mavericks 111, Rockets 106

In Dallas, Tyson Chandler matched his season high with 21 points and had 15 rebounds, reserve J.J. Barea added 19 points and the Mavs hung on after wasting most of a 25-point first-half lead.

Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and Jason Terry scored 15 points for Dallas. The Mavericks have won four of five following a six-game losing streak.

Luis Scola led Houston with 30 points.

Celtics 88, Trail Blazers 78

In Portland, Ray Allen scored 18 points, Paul Pierce added 17 and Boston opened its West Coast road swing with a win over the hosts.

Rajon Rondo had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Celtics, winners of seven of their last eight. Kevin Garnett had 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and Kendrick Perkins had 10 points and nine rebounds in his second game back since tearing knee ligaments in last year's NBA Finals.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers, and Andre Miller added 14 points and seven assists.

Mayo handed ban

MEMPHIS , Tenn. (AP) The NBA has suspended guard O.J. Mayo 10 games without pay for violating the league and union's anti-drug program with a positive test.

The league announced the suspension Thursday for Mayo's positive test for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Mayo's suspension will start Friday night when the Grizzlies visit Philadelphia, and he will be able to return Feb. 15 also against the 76ers in Memphis.

Mayo said in a statement released by the team that he is extremely disappointed he will miss 10 games as the Grizzlies are making a push for the playoffs. He blamed an over-the-counter supplement that he didn't know was banned by the NBA for the positive test, but a team spokesman said Mayo declined to say which supplement he used.



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