2005_02_sshaq.jpgGothamist stopped into The Garden last night for the Knicks-Heat game, and here’s what we learned:

1. We stood near Shaq, and decided that we could totally take him (see photo). Maybe.
2. Dwayne Wade is even better than people think.
3. Stephon Marbury makes the same mistakes every time we come to a game.

Despite a truly determined and aggressive double-digit comeback in last night’s 4th quarter, the Knicks dropped their 17th game in 20 contests by a score of 116-110. How, you ask? With the score tied at 95 and the clock at under 10 seconds, Marbury drove into the paint, froze, and then lobbed the ball to Kurt Thomas, who perhaps had one second to throw up an awful, off-balance shot. This isn’t Thomas’ fault – Marbury did the exact same thing to Jamal Crawford last time we visited. While Stephon can certainly score (36 points), his decision-making leaves much to be desired.

As for the Heat, Dwayne “Flash” Wade led the team with 30, proving that he deserves his first-time selection to the All-Star game. Shaq threw in just 16. In other NBA news, Shaq thinks Phil Jackson should coach again, and Tim Thomas and Allan Houston make ESPN’s “Most Overpaid” list.

Photo by Dave Westreich