Wade knocked down, but Heat rally to burn Nets in Game 3
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade didn’t let an elbow to the
mouth slow him down, as he scored 30 points, dished out 10 assists and pulled
down seven rebounds in Miami’s 103-92 victory over New Jersey in Game 3 of
their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Wade, who was the recipient of an inadvertent elbow from Nets guard Vince
Carter in the third quarter, missed just one of his 15 foul shots, as the Heat
took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Shaquille O’Neal ended with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Antoine Walker
contributed 16 points for Miami.
Carter poured in 43 points, while Richard Jefferson chipped in 17 for the
short-handed Nets, who were without forward Cliff Robinson. He was suspended
for five games after violating the terms of the league’s anti-drug program.
Game 4 is Sunday at Continental Airlines Arena.
Wade fell to the floor with under nine minutes left in the third quarter as
Carter tried to drive to the basket. Play continued, and Wade went to the
locker room with 8:13 left in the period. He returned less than three minutes
later, but Miami fell behind by eight points at that juncture.
The Heat capitalized on six New Jersey turnovers in the fourth quarter.