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
face 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. Wade scored half his points in
the last 4 1/2 minutes of the final quarter.
Shaquille O’Neal ended with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Antoine Walker
contributed 16 points for Miami. The Heat capitalized on six New Jersey
turnovers in the fourth quarter, leading to 10 Miami points.
Carter poured in 43 points, an all-time Nets playoff-high, shooting 17-
of-34 from the field. 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 as Wade remained
sprawled on the floor face down. He then went to the locker room on his own
with 8:13 left in the period and returned less than three minutes later,
but Miami fell behind by eight points at that juncture, 64-56, as the Nets
capped a 15-0 run.
The Heat used an 8-1 run later in the third to tie the game at 72 going into
Carter’s driving layup gave the Nets an 81-80 lead with 4:36 left, but Miami
responded with an 11-2 run to pull away. Wade’s layup, which turned into a
three-point play, started it, and O’Neal’s alley-oop jam off a feed from Wade
with 2:17 left was the exclamation point, extending the margin to 91-83.
The Nets couldn’t get closer than six points after the jam, as Wade kept them
at bay by sinking all 11 of his free throws down the stretch.
Jason Kidd had 10 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for New Jersey.
New Jersey led by as many as six in the opening quarter, but Miami rallied to
forge a 27-27 tie going into the second.
Two free throws by Alonzo Mourning capped eight straight points by the Heat,
moving them to a 34-27 lead. However, the Nets answered with the next nine
The Heat didn’t miss a beat in the second quarter, shooting 53.8 percent. An
18-7 spurt gave Miami a 54-45 lead, with Walker’s three finishing the rally.
It was 54-49 at the half.
Kidd moved ahead of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (767), Oscar Robertson (769) and Bill
Russell (760) for 16th place on the NBA’s all-time assists list in playoff
history…This marks the second time in Carter’s playoff career he’s had at
least 40 points. He’s scored 20-plus points in every postseason game this year
and 13 straight going back to 2005…Jason Collins had 11 rebounds before
fouling out for New Jersey…James Posey had eight points and 10 boards for
Miami…The Heat were 34-of-40 at the foul line, while the Nets finished