Saturday , Jun , 03 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade battled through flu-like symptoms to
score 14 points and dish out 10 assists, and Shaquille O’Neal came up huge
with 28 points and 16 rebounds, as the Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals
for the first time in franchise history with a 95-78 victory over the Detroit
Pistons. Jason Williams had a near perfect night from the field on the
way to 21 points for the Heat, who won the Eastern Conference finals in
six games and will face either Dallas or Phoenix in the title series
starting next Thursday. Williams made his first 10 shots and went 10-of-12
from the field to carry the Heat. Miami shot 55.7 percent from the floor,
which included a 12-for-14 effort from O’Neal. Wade missed Game 6 of the
2005 East finals against the Pistons with a rib injury, and the Heat lost
the last two contests of the series. This time, the All-Star guard didn’t
let his health prevent him from helping the Heat to the NBA Finals. Richard
Hamilton had 33 points for the Pistons, who lost an elimination game for just
the second time (8-2) since 2004. Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince each
added 10 points, but Detroit shot just 33.3 percent.