Friday , Jan , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Miami winding down long road trip

(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat play the fifth contest of their season-
high seven-game road trip tonight, as they visit the Seattle SuperSonics at
KeyArena.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs. The Heat are scheduled to
host the SuperSonics on February 25th at AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami, which
has lost two straight overall to the Sonics, has lost two of its last three in
Seattle.

Miami has won two straight games and is 2-2 on its current road swing. On
Wednesday, Dwyane Wade poured in 32 points and dished out 11 assists, as the
Heat defeated the Golden State Warriors, 110-96, at The Arena in Oakland.

Shaquille O’Neal notched a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds while
Antoine Walker added 19 off the bench in the win over Golden State for Miami,
which has won four of its last six games overall.

Walker connected on a season-high five-of-seven shots from beyond the arc in
the win.

Wade, who missed Friday’s loss to Phoenix with a bruised shin, has come back
in a big way and has made 26-of-36 shots from the floor in his last two games.
Miami, as a team, has also put forth its two best shooting performances of the
season, as it has made 58.8 and 59-percent of its shots in its last two games.

Veteran Gary Payton tallied 13 points, grabbed seven boards and dished out six
assists for the Heat, while Jason Williams added 11 points and eight assists
in the victory.

The Heat, who crushed the Portland Trail Blazers 118-89 on Sunday at the Rose
Garden, are 9-11 as the visitor this season. They will visit the Utah Jazz on
Saturday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday in the finale of the trip.

MIA