Dwayne holds down Houston

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2005

MIAMI — With Dwyane Wade around, the Miami Heat can afford the occasional off-game from Shaquille O'Neal.

Wade had 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists, leading a balanced attack that carried the Heat to a 104-95 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

O'Neal only took 11 shots and finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Udonis Haslem hit his first seven shots from the floor and finished with 16 for Miami, as did Damon Jones. Eddie Jones added 11.

Tracy McGrady had 28 points for Houston, which had won its previous three road games. Yao Ming had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for the Rockets, and Bob Sura added 21 — 15 of those coming in the game's first 13 minutes.

Kings 94, Timberwolves 84

MINNEAPOLIS — Brad Miller had 27 points, 15 rebounds and plenty of help picking up the slack for two injured Kings stars.

The Sacramento backcourt, Cuttino Mobley (23 points) and Mike Bibby (21 points), combined for 34 points over the final two quarters following a slow first half. All-Star forwards Peja Stojakovic (back spasms) and Chris Webber (sore left knee) didn't dress for the Kings.

Kevin Garnett had 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for Minnesota, which had its five-game winning streak end raggedly. The quiet crowd that showed up for the Timberwolves' first afternoon tipoff of the season booed when the final buzzer sounded.

Suns 123, Raptors 105

TORONTO — Amare Stoudemire scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter and the Suns won their fifth straight.

Phoenix outscored Toronto 46-26 in the third quarter, the most points the Raptors have allowed in any quarter in their 10-year history.

Shawn Marion added 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Suns, who went 4-0 on their four-game road trip. Steve Nash had 19 points and 12 assists as all five Phoenix starters scored at least 17 points.

Chris Bosh tied a career high with 27 points for the Raptors, who have lost three straight. Jalen Rose added 21 points. Toronto suspended point guard Rafer Alston for two games earlier in the day for his conduct at practice a day before.

Cavaliers 104, Bucks 87

CLEVELAND — Drew Gooden scored a career-high 33 points — 27 in the second half — and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 28 points and 18 rebounds as the injury-depleted Cavaliers survived another day without LeBron James.

Ilgauskas and Gooden took over in the second half, scoring 42 of Cleveland's 50 points and adding 16 rebounds after halftime as the Cavaliers improved to an Eastern Conference-best 16-4 at home and 1-1 since losing James.

James sprained his left ankle last week against Memphis and is still too sore to give it a try. Coach Paul Silas expects to have James for Tuesday night's game in Orlando.

Michael Redd scored 23 points and Desmond Mason 17 for the Bucks, who were held to a season-low 10 points in the fourth quarter when the Cavs upped their defensive pressure all over the floor.

Lakers 101, Bobcats 90

LOS ANGELES — Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins each scored 20 points, Chris Mihm had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Los Angeles Lakers beat Charlotte to end its first three-game losing streak of the season.

Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich missed the game because of a stomach virus. Assistant coach Frank Hamblen, the only holdover from former coach Phil Jackson's staff, guided the team, 4-4 since Kobe Bryant sprained his right ankle Jan. 13.

Primoz Brezec had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the expansion Bobcats, who lost for the 17th time in 19 games and are 1-19 on the road.



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