Haslem, Heat burn Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Udonis Haslem paced a balanced Miami attack
with 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Heat downed Minnesota, 92-77, at the
Eddie Jones added 18 points and six rebounds for the Heat, who regained the
Southeast Division lead after Washington fell to Toronto in overtime. Miami
now leads the division by one-half game.
James Posey had a great floor game with 16 points, seven rebounds and six
assists, while Jason Williams and Shaquille O’Neal each chipped in with 15
points for Miami.
“We knew it would be a tough game,” said Haslem. “We knew they would make a
push but we maintained our intensity and focus.”
Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and 20 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost
for the fourth time and five games. Mark Blount tallied 18 points and rookie
Randy Foye had 10 points but shot just 4-of-15 from the floor.
“We fought our way back but the deficit was too deep,” said Garnett. “Every
time we made a run, they made a run.”
The Heat used a stifling defense to take control early and led 25-14 after the
opening 12 minutes. Miami extended its advantage to 12, 47-35, by
The Wolves fought back a bit in the third quarter. Craig Smith’s tip-in cut
Miami’s lead to four but Posey answered by draining a three to cap the scoring
in the third quarter with Miami on top, 64-57.
The Heat then put the game away with a 9-2 run to start the final frame.
Haslem capped the burst with a layup to give Miami a comfortable 73-59 edge
with 9:53 left.
Minnesota never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
Alonzo Mourning scored four points and passed Glen Rice for first place on
Miami’s career points list (9,252)…The Heat are 15-21 as the visitor this
season…Minnesota is 20-15 at home this season.