Wade, Heat even series with Nets
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade scored 21 of his game-high 31 points
in the first half as the Miami Heat routed the New Jersey Nets, 111-89, in
Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Wade hit 12-of-19 shots, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, for the Heat,
who evened this series at a game apiece with Game 3 scheduled for Friday in
Shaquille O’Neal added 21 points and six rebounds for Miami, which rebounded
from their 100-88 setback in Game 1 in dominating fashion. The Heat, who never
trailed, hit 52.7 percent of their shots from the floor, draining 11-of-20
from three, and led by at least 20 points nearly the entire contest.
Vince Carter scored 22 points to lead the Nets, who still hold homecourt
advantage despite the setback.
Richard Jefferson, who was listed as doubtful with an ankle sprain, not only
played, but scored 16 points in over 32 minutes of action. He didn’t appear to
be too hampered by the injury. He didn’t wear a brace and only had his ankle
taped. He left the arena after Game 1 in a boot.
Miami scored the first seven points of the contest and led 25-4 by the midway
point of the opening quarter. Wade had 13 points during the early run, which
was capped by a Udonis Haslem basket with 6 1/2 left in the stanza.
Wade finished the first quarter with 17 points, as the Heat carried a 41-19
cushion into the second frame.
In the second, the Nets drew within 44-26 on a Jason Collins bucket, but the
Heat didn’t let them get any closer and cruised into the locker room with a
60-40 cushion. The largest lead of the half was 25 points, 60-35, after a pair
of Haslem free throws with 2:43 remaining.
New Jersey got within 79-64 courtesy of an 11-2 run late in the third quarter.
Jefferson ended the surge with a basket, but that was as close as the Nets got
the rest of the way. Miami went into the fourth with an 84-67 lead and
extended to cushion to 27 points, 99-72, on an Alonzo Mourning basket three
minutes into the stanza.
The Nets never cut the lead to under 20 points the rest of the way.
The Heat did not block a shot for the first time since January, 14, 2005 in a
game at the LA Clippers. The club blocked at least one shot the entire 2005-06
campaign and in each of its playoff games. The last time the Heat did not
block a shot in the postseason was April 24, 1992 at Chicago…Wade’s 17
first-quarter points are a franchise best for a first quarter…The 41 first-
quarter points by the team is also a franchise best for any playoff
quarter…Wade recorded his ninth career 30-point playoff game.