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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      HOUSTON          26   20   24   25    95   
      MIAMI            30   18   25   31    104     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 28, YAO MING 22, BOB SURA 
                      21
                MIA - DWYANE WADE 30, DAMON JONES 16, UDONIS 
                      HASLEM 16

HIGH REBOUND:   HOU - TRACY MCGRADY 9, YAO MING 9, BOB SURA 6
                MIA - DWYANE WADE 8, UDONIS HASLEM 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   HOU - BOB SURA 6, DAVID WESLEY 4, TRACY 
                      MCGRADY 4
                MIA - DWYANE WADE 6, EDDIE JONES 4, DAMON 
                      JONES 4

         ATT:   20,178

Box Score

HOUSTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T McGrady 44 10-26 6-7 1-9 4 2 28 J Howard 34 5-8 0-0 1-5 1 4 10 Y Ming 34 8-14 6-6 4-9 2 5 22 D Wesley 35 2-7 2-2 1-3 4 4 8 B Sura 38 7-13 6-6 2-6 6 4 21 D Mutombo 10 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 2 J Barry 17 0-5 0-0 0-2 3 1 0 S Padgett 12 0-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 R Strickland 10 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 C Weatherspoon 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 R Bowen DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Barrett DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 20-21 11-38 23 26 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.952. 3-Point Goals: 5-22, .227 (T McGrady 2-6, D Wesley 2-6, B Sura 1-5, J Barry 0-2, S Padgett 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers:12 (B Sura 5, J Howard 2, T McGrady 2, R Strickland, S Padgett, Y Ming). Steals: 5 (D Wesley 2, B Sura, J Barry, Y Ming). MIAMI (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Jones 39 3-10 3-4 1-5 4 1 11 U Haslem 38 7-9 2-2 3-8 1 0 16 S O'Neal 27 6-11 3-5 1-5 2 5 15 D Jones 34 7-14 0-0 0-3 4 1 16 D Wade 39 8-18 14-16 1-8 6 2 30 M Doleac 21 2-3 0-0 0-3 1 5 4 S Anderson 19 1-2 2-2 1-2 0 4 4 K Dooling 14 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 R Butler 9 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 6 C Laettner DNP - COACH'S DECISION Wang DNP - COACH'S DECISION Q Woods DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-74 24-29 7-35 18 19 104 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (E Jones 2-5, D Jones 2-6, D Wade 0-1, R Butler 2-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:3 (S O'Neal, D Wade, U Haslem). Turnovers:11 (S O'Neal 3, U Haslem 3, S Anderson 2, D Wade 2, E Jones). Steals: 2 (E Jones, U Haslem). ------------------------------------------- HOUSTON 26 20 24 25 - 95 MIAMI 30 18 25 31 - 104 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Houston - 1 (C Weatherspoon, 2:10 4th). Miami - 2 (D Jones, 8:28 3rd; S O'Neal, 8:28 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,178. T: 2:29. Officials: Dan Crawford, Derek Richardson, Luis Grillo.


Extended Box

HOUSTON (95) AT MIAMI (104) HOUSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T MCGRADY F 44 10-26 6-7 1 8 9 4 2 0 2 28 J HOWARD F 34 5-8 0-0 1 4 5 1 4 0 2 10 Y MING C 34 8-14 6-6 4 5 9 2 5 1 1 22 D WESLEY G 35 2-7 2-2 1 2 3 4 4 2 0 8 B SURA G 38 7-13 6-6 2 4 6 6 4 1 5 21 D MUTOMBO 10 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 J BARRY 17 0-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 0 S PADGETT 12 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 R STRICKLAND 10 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 C WEATHERSPOON 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 R BOWEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION A BARRETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-81 20-21 11 27 38 23 26 5 12 95 (.432) (.952) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12 (3 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E JONES F 39 3-10 3-4 1 4 5 4 1 1 1 11 U HASLEM F 38 7-9 2-2 3 5 8 1 0 1 3 16 S O'NEAL C 27 6-11 3-5 1 4 5 2 5 0 3 15 D JONES G 34 7-14 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 0 0 16 D WADE G 39 8-18 14-16 1 7 8 6 2 0 2 30 M DOLEAC 21 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 5 0 0 4 S ANDERSON 19 1-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 4 K DOOLING 14 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 R BUTLER 9 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 6 C LAETTNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION WANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION Q WOODS DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE TOTALS 240 37-74 24-29 7 28 35 18 19 2 11 104 (.500) (.828) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11 (14 PTS) HOUSTON 26 20 24 25 - 95 MIAMI 30 18 25 31 - 104 BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - NONE, MIAMI - S O'NEAL, D WADE, U HASLEM. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-22 (.227), T MCGRADY 2-6, D WESLEY 2- 6, B SURA 1-5, J BARRY 0-2, S PADGETT 0-3. MIAMI 6-14 (.429), E JONES 2- 5, D JONES 2-6, D WADE 0-1, R BUTLER 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: HOUSTON - C WEATHERSPOON. MIAMI - D JONES, S O'NEAL. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, DEREK RICHARDSON, LUIS GRILLO. A - 20,178. T - 2:29.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Amid Shaq vs. Yao and Van Gundy vs. Van Gundy, Dwyane Wade's big second half stole the show. Wade scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half as the Miami Heat defeated the Houston Rockets, 104-95, giving coach Stan Van Gundy a two-games-to-one advantage over brother Jeff. "Dwyane was back to his normal form in the fourth quarter, actually the second half today. Ball in his hands, making plays," Stan Van Gundy said. "That was the best win we've had in a long time. Offensively, we did a very good job against one of the best defensive teams in the league." Wade scored 11 points in the third quarter to help Miami establish a critical 73-70 lead entering the fourth. The Heat improved to 26-1, including 15-0 at home, when leading after three periods. Miami led by two points at the break and never trailed in the second half. Houston got as close as 71-70 on a 17-foot jumper by Tracy McGrady with 1:38 left in the third quarter. Eddie Jones scored five straight points to begin the final 12 minutes as Miami started to pull away. The Heat increased their lead to 92-80 on a jumper by Michael Doleac with 4:54 remaining, capping a 14-8 run. In the final minute, Jones stole an inbounds pass and fed Wade, who put an exclamation point on the victory with a breakaway dunk with 19 seconds remaining. Shaquille O'Neal, who had led the Heat in scoring in 10 of the previous 14 games, had 15 points and five rebounds in his battle with fellow star center Yao Ming. Yao, who holds a 53,838-vote lead over O'Neal in the overall fan balloting for next month's NBA All-Star Game, had a quiet 22 points and nine rebounds. "I don't look at this as Yao vs. Shaquille, that is something for the media," Jeff Van Gundy said. "Nobody is as good as Shaq is at center - that is just how it is. I don't try and thrust Yao into that comparison. It is unfair to O'Neal and it is unfair to Yao." Yao committed two early fouls and was held scoreless in the first quarter. He scored 16 points after intermission, but half of those came in the final three minutes with the Heat already in control. Yao also capitalized on O'Neal's being on the bench for all but five minutes of the fourth quarter. "(O'Neal) presents a big problem," Yao said. "Not only for us, but for all the NBA teams." O'Neal was guilty of two first-quarter fouls and five in all, limiting him to just 27 minutes. His absence afforded Wade the chance to take charge, and he responded by eclipsing the 20-point plateau for the first time in five games. "At one point Shaq was in foul trouble and I knew Coach was going to come to me," said Wade, who also recorded eight rebounds and six assists. "I decided to drive hard and try to make plays for my teammates. ... I understand that on some nights, like tonight when Shaq is not on the floor, it's time for me to make plays happen." With O'Neal on the bench, Wade came down with an offensive rebound amid three Rockets and converted the ensuing layup to give Miami an 88-78 lead with 6:15 remaining. Less than a minute later, he found a wide-open Damon Jones, who buried a jumper from just inside the arc to restore Miami's 10-point lead at 90-80. "I'm trying to enter the two-point shooting contest for All-Star weekend," Damon Jones said with a grin. "I'm just trying to mix it up a little. Teams are doing a great job of running me off the 3-point shot. I just want to help my team out. I don't want to be labeled as a 3-point shooter." Damon Jones, who made 2-of-6 3-pointers, and Udonis Haslem scored 16 points apiece as all five starters scored in double figures for the Heat, who won their third straight game and improved to 20 games over .500 (33-13). McGrady scored 28 points, including a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left that brought Houston to within 100-95, but Wade converted two free throws nine seconds later to re-establish a seven-point advantage. Bob Sura scored 15 of Houston's first 29 points and finished with 21 before leaving with 56 seconds left with an apparent left hand injury while trying to defend O'Neal. "I wanted to come out aggressively," said Sura, who was taken for X-rays. "I got some easy baskets early to get me going. I wasn't able to come out in the second half and be as effective." Sura shot just 2-of-8, including 0-of-4 from the arc, in the second half as Houston lost for the 14th time in its last 18 meetings with Miami. It was Jeff Van Gundy's second straight loss to his brother. "It's settled in a little bit," Stan Van Gundy said of the sibling rivalry. "It's not as much fun. ... I'd rather not have to coach against him, but you have to do it. I enjoy the other games more."


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