Wednesday , Apr , 06 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat Team Report – April 6

=== Miami Heat Team Report – April 6 ===

(Sports Network) – The Heat locked up the top seed in the Eastern Conference
on Tuesday night, posting a 104-86 thumping of the previously red hot Chicago
Bulls at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Dwyane Wade tied a career-high with 39 points to pace the Heat to the win.
Wade also dished out seven assists and grabbed four rebounds in the victory.

Miami, which will have homecourt advantage throughout the conference playoffs,
was dominant in this game despite playing without All-Star center Shaquille
O’Neal, who sat out due to the stomach flu.

The Heat turned the game into a rout as they made a sizzling 54 percent of
their shots and drained seven three-pointers. Wade went 13-of-20 for the game
and Udonis Haslem contributed to the hot shooting by going 8-of-12 from the
floor while finishing with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Damon Jones added 17 points and Eddie Jones chipped in 15 points and eight
boards for Miami, which is now 56-19 overall and has won 16 of its last 19
games. In addition, the Heat extended their franchise-best homecourt winning
streak to 18 games and tied the team-record with their 33rd home victory of
the season.

Miami still has a shot of claiming the league’s top overall record as well,
which would give the club homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.
However, it needs help to overtake Phoenix for the No. 1 spot.

Damon Jones knocked down five three- pointers and set a team record by
draining 208 this year. Tim Hardaway had the previous Heat record when he
drilled 203 treys in 1996-97.

Miami won the season-series 3-1 and has taken 11 straight meetings versus the
Bulls in the friendly confines of the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat will likely use Wade and O’Neal in a limited capacity down the
stretch in order to have the duo fresh for the postseason. Miami has the next
two days off before facing Memphis at FedExForum on Friday. The Heat will
finish up its slate against Detroit on Sunday.