Wade’s hot hand leads Heat over Celtics
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade had 34 points, eight rebounds and
eight assists to lead the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics, 114-98, at
Shaquille O’Neal added 21 points and Udonis Haslem had 17 for the Heat, who
rebounded from a setback to the New Jersey Nets on Saturday to win for the
fifth time in six outings.
Antoine Walker recorded 12 points and seven rebounds against his former club,
as Miami shot a blistering 50.6 percent from the field, committed just seven
turnovers and used a 21-8 run that bridged the final two quarters to take
Paul Pierce had 31 points to lead Boston, which has dropped six straight
contests. Raef LaFrentz added 18 points for the Celtics, who last found the
win column on January 27.
After Boston drew within 77-74 on a pair of Pierce free throws with 1:45 left
in the third quarter, Miami took control.
Wade scored the final six points, all from the free throw line, of the stanza
to give the Heat an 83-74 advantage going into the fourth.
“I thought that was the difference,” said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. “We
missed a quick shot then he made six in a row and that gets it to nine. You
hate them making a run at the end of a quarter because you have to sub and it
just gets worse from there.”
Wade continued his hot hand in the fourth, converting another basket for eight
straight points during an eventual 10-0 surge. Walker ended the spurt with a
basket for an 87-74 cushion.
Boston scored the next four points to make it an 87-78 contest, but the Heat
responded with 15-4 run to put the game well out of reach. Alonzo Mourning and
O’Neal combined for nine of the points during the burst, which was capped by a
Wade dunk with 4:59 remaining for a 102-82 advantage.
“When we are in the penalty, you have to go to him as much as you can,” said
Miami head coach Pat Riley of Wade. “We kept trying to call his number.”
Wally Szczerbiak had 16 points for the Celtics, who have dropped seven
straight on the road.
Miami led 32-26 after one quarter and carried a 55-41 cushion into the
Brian Scalabrine had 10 points off the bench for the Celtics…Every Miami
player that saw time scored at least two points…Boston is just 1-6 since
acquiring Szczerbiak from Minnesota…Boston shot 41.1 percent from the
field…Miami improved to 17-6 at home…The Celtics fell to 4-20 on the road.