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Originally published Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 12:00 AM

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Knicks' Crawford scores career-high 52

New york -- This time, the Miami Heat was the team with no answers. Jamal Crawford, a Rainier Beach High graduate, connected on 16 straight...

NEW YORK -- This time, the Miami Heat was the team with no answers.

Jamal Crawford, a Rainier Beach High graduate, connected on 16 straight shots from the field and scored a career-high 52 points, leading the New York Knicks to a 116-96 victory over the Heat on Friday night.

Four nights after the Knicks allowed 27 consecutive points in an embarrassing loss to a Miami team that was without Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, the Heat (19-24) was the helpless one.

"It felt great to get the win, more importantly," Crawford said. "They embarrassed us pretty good when we were down there. It looked good, like everything was almost going to go in."

Crawford missed his first four shots, then didn't misfire again until 2:16 remained in the third quarter. The Knick had a 20-point lead by then.

He finished 20 of 30 from the field and 8 for 10 from three-point range, helping the Knicks shoot 53.6 percent. He left to a standing ovation with 6:51 remaining, shortly after his final basket allowed him to surpass the 50-point performance he had for Chicago against Toronto on April 11, 2004.

No player had made 16 consecutive attempts in a game in the last 10 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Wade scored 37 points for Miami, which lost for the fourth time in five games. O'Neal scored 11 in 15 minutes.


Stephen Jackson, Golden State Warriors guard, violated his probation in Michigan when Indiana prosecutors charged him with firing a gun outside a strip club, a judge ruled. Jackson was serving probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery charges in September 2005 for his role in the 2004 brawl between Indiana Pacers players and fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

• Sacramento Kings coach Eric Musselman pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested in October after his team won its exhibition home opener.

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