Dwyane Wade; Photo: AP

January hasn't started so well for the Knicks. Despite a stellar night from Kurt Thomas (23 points, 11 for 15 shooting) and another solid 28-point performance from 'NBA Player Of The Week' Starbury, the Knicks are 0-3 for the month after losing in Miami 102-94 on Wednesday night.

The Heat started well and never really let the Knicks into the game, capitalizing on the Knicks' lack of an actual center by, as Bill Walton might say, throwing the ball to the big fella and getting out of the way. Shaq had 33 along with 18 rebounds to lead Miami, while Dwayne Wade added 21 as he continues his ascent to stardom (having Shaq on his team seems to have helped a lot). As for the Knicks, they shot almost 51% for the game but were outrebounded handily and didn't get enough shot attempts to climb back in the second half.

Miami have won 15 of their last 16, so while it's not an embarrassing loss, things won't get easier soon, as the Knicks travel to Cleveland to guest star in the LeBron show on Saturday afternoon (TV: ABC, 1:30pm). Thankfully, next week promises a host of sub-par opponents like Chicago and New Orleans as a outlet for Knick frustrations.

Photo by the AP; Entry by Tom Thornton