Tuesday , Dec , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Shaq sits out, but Heat win ninth straight

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal missed
Tuesday’s 108-100 win against the Boston Celtics with a calf injury.

The All-Star was injured in Sunday’s win over Orlando and Michael Doleac
started in O’Neal’s place. Doleac ended with eight points and five rebounds in
O’Neal’s absence.

O’Neal is averaging 20.9 points and 11 rebounds this season for the Heat, who
have the best record in the Eastern Conference. It wasn’t immediately known
how long O’Neal would be out, or if he would return for the much-hyped
Christmas Day matchup against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Miami (20-7) has currently won nine straight games and is on its longest
winning streak since the club reeled off 10 straight wins in March 1998.