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Knicks Beat Heat by Three Points

March 12, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Kurt Thomas had 16 points, 14 rebounds and a huge assist on New York’s final basket as the Knicks defeated the Miami Heat 86-83 Sunday to clinch the season series between the teams.

The Knicks, who fell behind by 21 points in the first quarter, had their largest comeback victory of the season and pulled within a half-game of the Heat for second place in the Atlantic Division.

It was their third victory over the Heat in four games this season, and this one was close just like all the others. Tim Hardaway had a chance to tie the game on Miami’s final possession, but he missed a 3-pointer right before the buzzer, just as he did two weeks ago when the teams played another matinee nailbiter at Madison Square Garden.

Latrell Sprewell also scored 16 points, while Marcus Camby had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Brian Grant led the Heat with 22 points. Hardaway added 17, but shot 6-for-19.

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