Miami (27-28) at New York (25-32)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Mon Feb 26, 2007
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Even with All-Star Dwyane Wade injured, the Miami Heat’s season might not be lost.

The Heat will try to build off their first win since Wade dislocated his left shoulder last week when they visit the New York Knicks on Monday.

Miami (27-28), which holds the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, defeated Cleveland 86-81 at home Sunday to improve to 1-1 since Wade was injured in a loss at Houston on Wednesday.

Wade, the reigning NBA Finals MVP whose 28.8 points and 7.9 assists per game both lead the team, plans to seek a second opinion before deciding whether to rehabilitate or have surgery on his shoulder. If he choses rehabilitation, he could return in about six weeks.

Regardless, on Sunday the Heat showed they could still win games without Wade. Shaquille O’Neal had 19 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, Jason Kopono had 17 points and 11 boards and Alonzo Mourning added 15 points in less than 18 minutes of action.

“When you look at that team, it has five or six All-Stars. It’s a good team,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “It’s a well-coached team. Just because they didn’t have Dwyane Wade, I didn’t think - and I hope our team didn’t think - we could come in here and just get a win.”

Miami held Cleveland to 36.0 percent shooting from the field and outscored the Cavaliers 48-28 in the paint. Led by Mourning and 10 points from James Posey, its bench outscored Cleveland’s 38-18.

“We played, I thought, one of the best defensive games of the year,” Heat coach Pat Riley said. “We really have to try to control tempo, slow it down and grind it out defensively, and rebound the basketball. That’s going to take a different disposition than we’ve had in the past.”

This is the first of two straight road games for Miami before returning for a six-game homestand. After this contest, the Heat face the Wizards - who they trail by 4 1/2 games for the Southeast Division lead - Wednesday night at Washington.

The Knicks (25-32) have won two of three meetings against the Heat this season, including a 116-96 victory in the most recent matchup at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 26, when Jamal Crawford scored a career-high 52 points.

Crawford is averaging 31.3 points and shooting 63.8 percent (37-for-58) from the floor in this season’s three games versus the Heat.

New York has alternated wins and losses in its last eight games overall, and lost 101-92 at New Jersey on Sunday. Stephon Marbury scored 22 points and Crawford had 13 points and 10 assists, but the Knicks couldn’t make a 53-44 halftime lead stand.

New York played without David Lee, sidelined because of a sprained right ankle and muscle strain. Lee, who hurt his ankle Friday against Milwaukee, has missed two of the last three contests.

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