Saturday , May , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

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.

Final Score: Phoenix 94, LA Clippers 91

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Shawn Marion poured in 32 points and pulled
down 19 rebounds, as the Suns held on for a 94-91 win over the Los Angeles
Clippers in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series. Tim Thomas
had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix, which took a 2-1 lead in the best-
of-seven series. The Suns did a much better job on the glass than in Game 2
when they were dominated, 57-26. On Friday, the they were outrebounded by a
scant 47-46 margin. Steve Nash had a slow start with just two points at
halftime, but finished with 12 points and 10 assists, and hit a huge jumper
with 3.6 seconds remaining in the final quarter. Elton Brand had 20 points,
nine rebounds and eight assists for the Clippers, who couldn’t retain momentum
following a 25-point victory at Phoenix on Wednesday. Vladimir Radmanovic
tallied 18 points, but missed a potential tying three-pointer at the buzzer.
Game 4 of the series is Sunday at the Staples Center.