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O'Neal, Wade continue to fuel Heat

Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2005

MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal had 33 points and 18 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 21 and the Heat limited the Knicks to two field goals in a seven-minute stretch of the first half on the way to an 102-94 win Wednesday night.

O'Neal made 14 of 21 shots, eclipsing the 30-point and 18-rebound marks for the third time this season. Wade added a game-high nine assists.

Miami led most of the way, held a 42-32 rebounding margin and showed no ill effects from Monday's home loss to Seattle which snapped a franchise-record 14-game winning streak.

Magic 105, SuperSonics 87

ORLANDO, Fla. — Steve Francis scored 27 of his 35 points after halftime, and the Orlando Magic snapped a four-game losing streak.

Grant Hill scored 21 points, shooting 9-for-11, with seven rebounds and six assists. Cuttino Mobley added 13 points while Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 off the bench.

Cavaliers 101, Hawks 85

CLEVELAND — Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 20 of his 28 points after halftime and the Cleveland Cavaliers shut down Atlanta early in the fourth quarter.

LeBron James added 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds in his second game wearing a protective mask over a broken left cheek for the Cavs, who clamped down on the Hawks, blanking them 12-0 in the first 8:16 of the final quarter.

Atlanta missed its first 12 shots — and both free-throw attempts — in the fourth before Tyronn Lue dropped a 15-foot jumper to bring the Hawks to 90-79.

Celtics 84, Warriors 83

BOSTON — Paul Pierce had 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to make up for a poor outside shooting night and Al Jefferson had his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Gary Payton added 13 points for the Celtics, who won their fifth straight home game.

Clifford Robinson led the Warriors with 18 points. Troy Murphy, who had a season-high 30 points against the Celtics in Oakland a month ago, had 15 points and 16 rebounds.

Bobcats 102, Timberwolves 84

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gerald Wallace had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and an in-your-face block on Wally Szczerbiak that he converted into a fast-break layup.

Wallace had one of his best games as a Bobcat, turning it up during a 16-1 run that helped Charlotte break its six-game losing streak. He started the run with a free throw, and he hustled upcourt after blocking Szczerbiak's shot for a layup that drew a foul. His free throw made it 87-81 with 2:26 to play.

Raptors 96, Kings 93

TORONTO — Chris Bosh had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the first back-to-back 20-point games of his career, and Jalen Rose had 20 points off the bench for the Raptors, who have won five straight at home.

Mike Bibby had a season-high 32 points for the Kings, who had won of eight of their previous nine road games. Sacramento played in New York the night before.

Bosh repeatedly shot jumpers over Chris Webber or beat him off the dribble. Webber, still recovering from major knee surgery, fouled out with 2:38 left. Webber finished 6-for-21 from the field for 13 points, while Bosh went 11-for-16.

Bucks 97, Nets 74

MILWAUKEE — Joe Smith and Mike James each scored 17 points and Desmond Mason added 16 for the Bucks, who had lost three straight and eight of 11.

Jabari Smith had career highs with 19 points and six assists in a season-high 36 minutes off the bench for the Nets, who came in scoring 86.5 points a game — 29th in the NBA.

Richard Jefferson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who lost 112-88 to Washington on Tuesday. Vince Carter, who had a season-high 31 points Tuesday, scored 15 on 6-for-14 shooting in his fifth start for New Jersey.

Mavericks 118, Lakers 104

DALLAS — Jason Terry scored a season-high 28 points and was nearly perfect both in shooting and in running the Dallas offense.

Terry was 9-of-10 on field goals, hitting all five 3-pointers he attempted. He hit 5-of-6 free throws, and added six rebounds and five assists.

Perhaps his most important stat was improving to 6-1 as the starting point guard. Terry was acquired from Atlanta to replace Steve Nash in that job, but opened the year backing up rookie Devin Harris until coach Don Nelson made the change Dec. 18.

76ers 106, Jazz 99

SALT LAKE CITY — Allen Iverson scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the 76ers won in Utah for the first time in four years.

Kenny Thomas added 30 points, scoring 18 during the Sixers' 39-point opening quarter, and Marc Jackson added 14 points, making all 10 of his free throws.

Philadelphia improved to 5-2 on an eight-game road trip, which ends Friday at Minnesota. The Sixers hadn't won at Utah since Dec. 26, 2000 and had dropped 14 of 15 on the road against the Jazz.

Suns 108, Rockets 98

HOUSTON — Shawn Marion scored 22 points and Quentin Richardson added 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Amare Stoudemire finally cooled off after a torrid two-game stretch in which he scored a total of 84 points, finishing with just 19 points and nine rebounds. But his Suns teammates picked up the slack and rolled to a relatively easy victory despite coming off a draining 122-115 win at Minnesota the night before.

Steve Nash had 12 points and 13 assists, Joe Johnson had 17 points and Casey Jacobsen tied a season high with 14 for the Suns, who won their fourth straight to improve their NBA-best record to 28-4.

Clippers 102, Trail Blazers 98

LOS ANGELES — Corey Maggette scored 15 of his 31 points in the final quarter and hit a key jumper with 20 seconds remaining.

Maggette's 18-footer from the left side off a pass from Rick Brunson gave the Clippers a four-point lead. Portland's Damon Stoudamire then missed a jumper, and Zach Randolph missed on a putback attempt.

The Clippers' Chris Kaman rebounded and passed to Brunson, who was intentionally fouled and made both free throws. Los Angeles allowed Joel Przybilla an unchallenged dunk as time expired — one of only three baskets by the Trail Blazers in the final 7:43.

Bulls 95, Hornets 89

NEW ORLEANS — Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points and Eddy Curry added 17, helping the resurgent Chicago Bulls hand the New Orleans Hornets their ninth straight loss.

New Orleans, led by Baron Davis' 21 points, erased a 14-point deficit in the second half, but the Bulls clamped down defensively, forcing New Orleans to attempt a barrage of 3-pointers, most of which missed.

Luol Deng scored 14, hitting a driving finger roll with 1:19 to go that gave the Bulls an 89-82 lead and forced the Hornets to start fouling. Reserve Ben Gordon added 11 as Chicago took its 11th victory in 20 games since starting 0-8.



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