Opponents keep wilting from Heat

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 29 points on 10-of-12 shooting, Shaquille O'Neal added 21 points and the Miami Heat beat Milwaukee 110-71 on Monday night to move into a virtual tie with Phoenix and San Antonio for the NBA's best record.

It was the largest victory margin of the season for Miami (49-16), which has won nine straight overall and 13 in a row at home. Phoenix and San Antonio are both 48-15.

Pistons 114, Hawks 108, OT

ATLANTA — Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 31 points, and Detroit bounced back from the lowest-scoring game in franchise history.

Rasheed Wallace added a season-best 28 points for the Pistons, who failed to make a field goal in the fourth quarter Sunday night in a 64-62 victory over Utah.

Atlanta's Tom Gugliotta hit a 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. The Hawks lost for the 15th time in 16 games despite Al Harrington's season-high 37 points.

Wizards 95, Lakers 81

WASHINGTON — Larry Hughes had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Gilbert Arenas scored 21 points to help Washington's swept the season series from the Lakers for the first time in franchise history.

Brendan Haywood added 16 points for the Wizards, overtime winners over the Lakers in the teams' first meeting of the season in Los Angeles.

Celtics 119, Bobcats 110

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Raef LaFrentz and Antoine Walker combined to hit three 3-pointers in the final 1:32 to lead Boston.

Walker finished with 25 points to lead the Celtics to their fourth straight victory and a four-game season sweep of the Bobcats. Boston has won eight of nine games since reacquiring Walker in a trade with Atlanta last month.

Spurs 112, Hornets 89

SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan had 18 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio after missing two games because of a sprained right ankle and tightness in his back

While Duncan returned, point guard Tony Parker missed his first game of the season because of a quadriceps injury, and Manu Ginobili sat out with a groin injury.

Beno Udrih, a 22-year-old rookie Slovenia, scored a career-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting in his first career start in place of Parker.

Grizzlies 104, Trail Blazers 83

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Miller scored 27 points, and Lorenzen Wright had 19 points and nine rebounds for Memphis.

Earl Watson added 16 points and seven assists for Memphis, which dropped an 80-66 decision to the Trail Blazers on Saturday in Portland.

Damon Stoudamire led Portland with 20 points.

Rockets 97, Warriors 94

OAKLAND, Calif. — Tracy McGrady had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Houston wrapped up a four-game West Coast swing with its fifth straight victory.

Juwan Howard added 18 points and seven rebounds before leaving with a sprained right knee with 9:18 left in the fourth quarter.

Zarko Cabarkapa had career highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State.

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