Thursday , Feb , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Miami pulling away in Southeast

(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat try to win their fourth consecutive game
this evening when they conclude a two-game homestand against LeBron James and
the Cleveland Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami lost to the Cavs earlier in the season, but could have an advantage
tonight, as the home team in this series has won seven of the last eight
meetings. Cleveland has also dropped five straight and 10 of its last 13 in
South Beach.

On Monday, Dwyane Wade had 28 points, 11 assists and four blocks to lead the
Heat over the Los Angeles Clippers, 118-114. Shaquille O’Neal added 25 points,
eight boards and three blocks for Miami, which has won five of six.

At 28-18, Miami is six full games up on the Washington Wizards for the top
spot in the Southeast Division.

Wade recorded his 19th 30-point game of the season, while O’Neal also hit 10
consecutive free throws and finished 12-of-18 for the game, setting a season
high in makes from the line..

Gary Payton recorded 19 points, seven assists and six boards for the Heat, who
had six players score in double figures on their way to their fifth win in six
outings.

Miami was again without starting point guard Jason Williams, who missed his
fourth straight game after receiving stitches on his ring finger following a
weight lifting accident. He is questionable for tonight’s affair.

Wade, on the other hand, has showed no ill effects from an ankle sprain that
caused him to miss Friday’s win over Charlotte. In the two-games since, the
third-year pro has averaged 30 points and 10 assists.

The Heat, who will visit Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets on Saturday, are
15-6 in their arena this season.

MIA