Friday , May , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nets, Heat meet at Meadowlands for Game 3 of East semis

(Sports Network) – The Miami Heat and New Jersey Nets resume their Eastern
Conference semifinals series when they meet tonight for Game 3 at Continental
Airlines Arena.

Game 4 of this best-of-seven series is scheduled to be played on Sunday at
the Meadowlands.

After the third-seeded Nets shocked No. 2 Miami, 100-88, on the road in the
opener, the Heat bounced back in Game 2. On Wednesday, Dwyane Wade scored 21
of his game-high 31 points in the first half as Miami routed New Jersey,
111-89, at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Wade hit 12-of-19 shots, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, in Game 2’s
victory for the Heat, while Shaquille O’Neal added 21 points and six rebounds
for Miami.

The Heat, who never trailed in Game 2, hit 52.7 percent of their shots from
the floor, draining 11-of-20 from three-point range, and led by at least 20
points nearly the entire contest.

All-Star Vince Carter scored 22 points in Game 2’s loss to lead the Nets.
Richard Jefferson, who was listed as doubtful with an ankle injury, played and
scored 16 points in over 32 minutes of action.

The Nets have dropped two straight Game 3s in the postseason, while Miami has
won six of its last nine Game 3s.

This is the second time that these clubs have met in the postseason. The Heat
swept the Nets, 4-0, in last year’s first round.

New Jersey, which defeated Indiana in six games in the first round, has made
it to at least the conference semifinals in three of the last four years.
The Nets were swept in the 2002 NBA Finals by the Lakers, fell in six
games to San Antonio in the 2003 championship round and were knocked out
in seven contests in the 2004 conference semifinals by Detroit.

Miami, which knocked off Chicago in six games in round one, has made it to
at least the conference semifinals for a third straight year. The Heat fell
to the Indiana Pacers in six games in the 2004 semis, and swept Washington
in the second round of last season’s playoffs. They would eventually lose
in seven games to the Detroit Pistons in the conference finals.

The Heat are trying to make it to the conference finals for the third time in
franchise history. Besides last season’s loss to the Pistons, Miami was
bounced in the 1997 East finals in five games by Michael Jordan and the