Sunday , Jan , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Miami winning despite injuries

(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat may again be without guard Dwyane Wade this
afternoon when they conclude a brief two-game road trip against the Houston
Rockets at the Toyota Center.

Wade and fellow starting backcourt-mate Jason Williams were in street clothes
on Friday, as Shaquille O’Neal scored 23 points, pulled down seven rebounds
and dished out five assists in his 900th career start to lead Miami past the
struggling Charlotte Bobcats, 91-85, at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Udonis Haslem posted 17 points and seven rebounds and Antoine Walker scored
all 15 of his points in the second half as the Heat tallied 61 second-half
points after a sluggish start en route to their third win in four games.

Wade is nursing a sprained left ankle he suffered in a loss to Phoenix on
Thursday, while Williams missed his second game after getting stitches on his
ring finger following a weight lifting accident. Both players will be game-
time decisions this afternoon.

The Heat currently own the top spot in the Southeast Division, five games
better than the Washington Wizards.

Miami, which will start a two-game homestand against the Los Angeles Clippers
on Monday, is 12-12 away from home this season.

The Heat defeated the Rockets earlier in the season and have won three of four
and four of the last six meetings. Miami has also won six of its last nine in
Houston.

MIA