Wade’s hot hand leads Miami past Sacramento
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade poured in 27 points and handed
out seven assists, as Miami defeated Sacramento, 98-87, at ARCO Arena.
Jason Williams chipped in 20 points and eight helpers while Udonis Haslem
contributed 12 points and eight rebounds for the Heat, who have won three
Brad Miller scored 18 points and hauled in 15 boards for the Kings, who have
dropped two straight following a three-game winning streak. Mike Bibby had 16
points and nine assists while Bonzi Wells added 16 points in the loss.
Miami jumped out to a nine-point lead courtesy of Alonzo Mourning’s hoop just
over five minutes into the first quarter and held a 29-24 lead after one
The Heat extended the lead to 40-30 on Williams’ layup midway through the
second and led by as many as 13 points moments later. Sacramento got within
single digits at the intermission, as it trailed 57-48.
In an evenly-played third quarter, Miami enjoyed an 81-73 lead after 36
Wells’ basket midway through the fourth period brought the Kings within five
points at 84-79, but that would be as close as they would get. The Heat
widened the gap to eight moments later, and Haslem’s two free throws with 2:45
remaining made it 94-85 and sealed the win.
Mourning had 12 points and Antoine Walker added 11 for the Heat…Miami shot
49 percent from the floor and was a blistering 11-of-21 from three-point range
(52 percent). The Kings hit 42 percent of their attempts, but were just 3-
of-15 from behind the arc (20 percent)…Sacramento’s Shareef Abdur-Rahim
netted 14 points in the loss…This marked just the second time the visitor
has won in the last eight meetings of the series…The Heat won for only the
fifth time in their last 13 trips to Sacramento.