Friday , Jun , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade rose to the occasion again with 36
points, despite a left knee injury, and Shaquille O’Neal had a solid
performance with 17 points and 13 rebounds, as the Miami Heat ran past the
Dallas Mavericks, 98-74, to even the NBA Finals after four games. Not only
did O’Neal keep his composure after being knocked down hard on a flagrant
foul in the third quarter, but he was a dominant force in the middle and part
of a Miami defense that suffocated Dirk Nowitzki into a 2-for-14 shooting
night. James Posey added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who limited
Dallas to 31.6 percent shooting and an NBA Finals record-low seven points in
the last quarter. Conversely, the Heat shot 51.5 percent from the field. Jason
Terry scored 17 points for Dallas, while Nowitzki had 16 points and nine
rebounds. Jerry Stackhouse also scored 16 for the Mavs and was the centerpiece
of a rough foul on O’Neal in the third. The Heat were coming off a 98-96
victory at home on Tuesday behind 42 points and 13 rebounds from Wade, and now
the Heat have a chance to move ahead in the series between the two first-time
participants in the NBA Finals. Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday at
AmericanAirlines Arena. Miami’s win Thursday ensures there will be a Game 6 at
Dallas next Tuesday.