Wade leads Heat over Nets; Shaq returns
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade had a season-high 34 points
and also dished out 10 assists and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Miami
Heat to a 113-106 victory over the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines
Udonis Haslem scored a career-high 28 points and also pulled down nine
rebounds while Antoine Walker added 15 points and 10 boards for the Heat, who
have won two in a row and three of their last four games.
“I’m very proud of him (Haslem) because he’s been looking for his opportunity
to really be involved into the offense the way he was tonight,” said Wade. “He
proved and showed that he can be the guy that really can average like 15
(points) and 10 (rebounds) for us. Hopefully, that’s the sign of more to come
Shaquille O’Neal, who returned after missing the last two games with a knee
injury, chipped in 13 points and six rebounds.
Vince Carter, who scored his 13,000th point in the third quarter, had a
season-high 33 points and Richard Jefferson scored 16 points before leaving in
the third quarter with a sprained left ankle. Antoine Wright poured in 16
points for the Nets, who have lost two of their last three games.
“It’s frustrating because we can play better than that, and yet we were still
in the game,” said Carter. “And we still gave ourselves a chance to win.
They’re a good basketball team and sometimes it’s going to be tough and
they’re going to make runs, we know that. But we still pride ourselves on
being able to defend in the closing minutes of the game and we just didn’t get
Trailing 79-73, the Nets used a 10-0 rally, highlighted by Carter’s three-
point play, to pull ahead 85-79 with 8:05 to play.
The Heat responded with a 12-3 rally, capped by Haslem’s three-point play, to
move in front 91-88 lead with 3:48 remaining.
A pair of Carter free throws at the other end cut the lead to one with 3:40 on
the clock, but that was as close as New Jersey would get.
Miami sealed the win with a 12-4 run, highlighted by threes from Gary Payton
and Walker, over the next 1 1/2 minutes for a 103-94 margin.
The Nets led 32-22 after the opening 12 minutes and took a 53-43 advantage
into the locker room.
The Heat opened up the third quarter with a 19-6 run, including eight points
from Wade, for a 62-59 lead.
O’Neal’s alley-oop pushed the Miami margin to 73-66, but New Jersey countered
with a 9-3 surge to close the quarter trailing by one, 76-75. The Heat
outscored the Nets 33-22 in the stanza.
Each team shot 48 percent from the field…New Jersey’s Jason Kidd finished
with 12 points, nine rebounds and nine assists…Payton ended with 16 points
and five assists…The Nets turned the ball over 17 times…Miami scored 50
points in the paint…The Heat have won the last two meetings, including a
91-85 victory last Friday in Miami…New Jersey’s Nenad Krstic had 12 points
and 11 boards…Wade has scored in double-figures in 135 of his last 136
games. He became the fastest player in franchise history to reach the 5,000
point plateau. Wade (218 games) surpassed teammate Alonzo Mourning, who
accomplished the feat in 242 contests.