Sunday , Jan , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Fourth-quarter surge carries Heat past Kings

=== Fourth-quarter surge carries Heat past Kings ===

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Shaquille O’Neal had 27 points and six rebounds
to lead the Miami Heat over the Sacramento Kings, 119-99, at AmericanAirlines
Arena.

Dwyane Wade added 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who
ended a two-game slide. Jason Williams, who sparked a key second-half run,
added 19 points and 11 assists for Miami, which scored a season-high 70 points
in the paint while also shooting a season-best 59.5 percent from the field.

Udonis Haslem finished with 16 points and Antoine Walker recorded 12 for
Miami, which held the Kings to just 15 fourth-quarter points to pull away with
the victory.

Peja Stojakovic had 19 points and Mike Bibby recorded 17 pints and eight
assists for the Kings, who have dropped two in a row after winning three
straight.

Down 84-82 late in the third, the Heat bridged the final two quarters with a
19-5 burst to grab control. Williams had 10 points during the surge, which was
capped by an O’Neal bucket nearly four minutes into the fourth for a 101-89
cushion.

Later the Heat extended their cushion to as many as 20 points for the first
time, when Walker connected on a bucket with three minutes left for a 115-95
advantage.

Francisco Garcia had 14 points for Sacramento, which has lost five straight to
the Heat.

Miami ran out to a 37-24 lead after one quarter, but the Kings rallied to get
back into the game in the second. Sacramento outscored the Heat 34-23 in the
period to go into the break down 60-58.

In the third, the Kings went ahead 63-62 on a Stojakovic three-pointer in the
early stages, and the contest remained close the entire stanza.

“We got off to a fast start, but there was a little dead spot there,” said
O’Neal. “We let them get back too close, but the third and fourth quarter guys
played well and buckled down on defense and got it done.”

Game Notes

The Kings fell to 0-2 on their season-long six-game road trip…Miami improved
to 1-1 on its four-game homestand and 13-5 at home overall this
season…Sacramento fell to 5-12 on the road…Alonzo Mourning had six points
and six blocks for Miami…Kenny Thomas had eight points and 10 rebounds for
the Kings.

SAC MIA